Harry Maguire wastes little time getting into the swing of things on the golf course after Man United’s win over Villarreal secured progress in the Champions League with the skipper suspended for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.
- Harry Maguire was bundled up while enjoying a round of golf in Cheshire
- It came after Man United secured their passage to the Champions League
- The United captain played in a 2-0 win over Villarreal that also secured first place
- Maguire to be suspended for Premier League trip to Chelsea this Sunday
- He was sent off during the loss at Watford that led to the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Harry Maguire wasted little time going out onto the golf course after helping Manchester United through the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The United captain enjoyed a round in Cheshire on Wednesday morning, just hours after the team’s 2-0 win over Villarreal in Spain.
Maguire will have the weekend off as he is suspended for United’s Premier League trip to Chelsea after being sent off in the 4-1 loss at Watford that led to the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Harry Maguire enjoyed a round of golf on Wednesday morning after helping Manchester United reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.
United captain Maguire came out in cold conditions after Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Villarreal
Interim manager Michael Carrick oversaw an acceptable performance against Villarreal as late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho reserved United’s passage to the round of 16.
But before that, United were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea for a series of crucial saves to keep them in the game with obvious weaknesses in defense and midfield.
Things will not get any easier for Carrick and United with Premier League leaders Chelsea presenting a formidable challenge at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
And they will have to play against them without center-back Maguire, with the possibility that Eric Bailly sneaks alongside Victor Lindelof at the head of their defense.
Maguire and most of his teammates have struggled to stay fit in recent weeks with a five-game losing streak in seven Premier League games that ultimately cost Solskjaer his job.
Maguire is suspended for Sunday’s visit to Premier League leader Chelsea after a red card
It wasn’t United’s most convincing performance but they managed to beat Villarreal
United cut a modest eighth place in the table and are adrift from rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, having been outscored by the latter two in recent weeks.
But they are assured of first place in their Champions League group and, theoretically, an easier draw in the first knockout round.
Maguire responded to criticism when he scored for England in their World Cup qualifier against Albania by putting his fingers to his ears as he celebrated.
He continued to open the scoring in England’s 10-0 win over San Marino a few nights later.
This poor tackle on Watford’s Tom Cleverley led to Maguire receiving a second yellow card.
Maguire was sent off and United lost 4-1, resulting in the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Backup manager Michael Carrick was delighted to lead United through the knockout rounds
As United’s search for interim and permanent replacements for Solskjaer continues, they hope to get their season back on track with a series of less daunting games after their visit to Chelsea.
They host Arsenal midweek before matches with Crystal Palace, Young Boys, Norwich, Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle, Burnley and Wolves during the festive period.
Meanwhile, United have seen an initial approach from Mauricio Pochettino rejected by Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.