While the outcome was somewhat satisfying, the club was dealt an untimely blow when Raphael Varane suffered a hamstring injury. The Frenchman will be out for about four weeks.
Last month, England’s star suffered an injury while playing in the Nations League against Germany. His return should please United, as the only other fit center-backs are Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof.
Maguire’s return is a boost for the Red Devils
Maguire’s form at the club level over the past year has been inconsistent but he continues to remain a key player in the squad. Erik ten Hag recently said that he needs to get the best out of him.
The injury to Varane offers a chance for Maguire to redeem himself in the coming weeks. Lindelof will obviously be the first choice to partner Lisandro Martinez, but Maguire will be eyeing minutes as well.
With six more matches before the mid-season interval, it is likely that Ten Hag will rotate his central defensive pairing. Meanwhile, Maguire’s return is also a boost for England ahead of the World Cup.
It is obvious that manager Gareth Southgate will select Maguire in his 26-man squad despite his lack of playing time, but Maguire must be in peak condition ahead of the major tournament.
The £27 million-rated star helped the Three Lions reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final. Southgate has assured him of his place ahead of the squad announcement next month.