Harry Maguire 'was NOT match-fit to face Leicester in 4-2 defeat last month with Man United captain rushed back 7-10 days ahead of schedule' - meaning he was doubtful for 5-0 Liverpool humiliation too

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Harry Maguire 'was NOT match-fit to face Leicester in 4-2 defeat last month with Man United captain rushed back 7-10 days ahead of schedule' - meaning he was doubtful for 5-0 Liverpool humiliation too

  • Harry Maguire suffered a calf injury during Man United's defeat by Aston Villa
  • He returned to action to face Leicester City on October 16 - three weeks later
  • However, he came back after just one day of full training back on the grass 

Harry Maguire's lack of match fitness has come to full light, with reports that he was up to 10 days away from being ready to play when he faced Leicester City last month.

Maguire made his return from a three-week calf injury, suffered against Aston Villa in a 1-0 home loss on September 25, to start in United's 4-2 Premier League defeat at his former club on October 16.

The centre back was surprising inclusion, especially as he had only one full day of training on the grass ahead of the King Power Stadium encounter.

Harry Maguire was reportedly rushed back to action - despite being 7-10 days short of fitness

Harry Maguire was reportedly rushed back to action - despite being 7-10 days short of fitness

Harry Maguire was reportedly rushed back to action - despite being 7-10 days short of fitness

He suffered a calf injury on September 25 against Aston Villa - ruling him out for three weeks

He suffered a calf injury on September 25 against Aston Villa - ruling him out for three weeks

He came back 7-10 days ahead of schedule to face Leicester last month, a game United lost 4-2

He came back 7-10 days ahead of schedule to face Leicester last month, a game United lost 4-2

And according to the Telegraph, it has now emerged that the Red Devils skipper was in fact between seven and 10 days short of being match-fit.

They claim that Maguire should have missed the Foxes clash and the 3-2 Champions League group-stage win over Atalanta on October 20 before being a touch-and-go decision to face bitter rivals Liverpool - a game they were thumped 5-0 at home - on October 24.

However, instead Maguire played the full duration of all three matches as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side conceded 11 goals across those games. To make matters worse, the 28-year-old was at fault for several of the goals.

The 28-year-old was run ragged by Liverpool on October 24 as they were thumped 5-0 at home

The 28-year-old was run ragged by Liverpool on October 24 as they were thumped 5-0 at home

Maguire's lack of match fitness will be exacerbated further by injuries to fellow United centre backs Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.

Varane was forced off during the first half of Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw at Atalanta due to a hamstring problem, less than a week after his return from a groin injury, while Lindelof missed the fixture after picking up a knock in training on Monday. 

Both are now doubts to face 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City on Saturday in the Premier League.

Raphael Varane suffered a hamstring injury during their Champions League clash at Atalanta

Raphael Varane suffered a hamstring injury during their Champions League clash at Atalanta

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