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Maguire could make surprise appearance against Norwich City

The former Leicester City player could play through pain

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United - FA Cup Third Round
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Manchester United may be able to call upon defender Harry Maguire despite reports that he would be spending a lengthy period on the sidelines.

Maguire was rumoured to be out for months after suffering a muscle tear against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup draw.

The 26-year-old defender missed the 3-1 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

However it appears he is willing to put his body on the line and take to the pitch against Norwich City this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the press:

“It’s not a surprise, he’s a warrior and if there’s a minor problem he’ll put himself up to play.

“He was close to playing against City but was just not fit enough but he’s got a chance now.”

“Every game is an opportunity. If Manchester City were here in the league next you would say it was a perfect opportunity.

“You’re disappointed when you lose a game against local rivals but which way is there to go do you feel sorry for yourself or knuckle down and get ready for the next one,.

“If players are feeling sorry for themselves, they’re not in the right place.

“Norwich is the next game, you play for Manchester United in front of the best fans in the world what is there not to like in that situation.”

However, there are further problems for United as Jesse Lingard is ill, according to the Norwegian manager. Lingard was taken off at half time against City following another poor performance, leading to speculation that he has been frozen out of the club by Solskjaer.

The manager meanwhile was not clear whether Ashley Young has a future at United in the near or long term after reports that the former Aston Villa player was set to join Inter Milan.