Erik ten Hag has admitted he is uncertain how long Harry Maguire’s injury will keep him out of the team for.
The Manchester United defender was not named in the squad that flew to Germany on Tuesday for the following day’s Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich. United said on their website that Maguire had been ruled out due to injury, and the club’s manager was asked for the latest on the defender, in his pre-match press conference.
“He had some complaints,” Ten Hag revealed. “We have to see how bad it is. He finished the training but he was not good enough to travel.”
Maguire joins a plethora of absentees in the United ranks. Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Kobbie Mainoo and Sofyan Amrabat all trained at Carrington to varying degrees on Tuesday, but ongoing problems have prevented them from flying to Germany.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Amad are also injured, while Jadon Sancho has been exiled to the youth ranks as United continue to deal with his disciplinary issues. Antony is absent amid allegations of assault, and Donny van de Beek wasn’t included in the club’s 25-man Champions League squad.
Ten Hag said ahead of the group-stage opener at the Allianz Arena that the number of injuries is becoming alarming. "Yes, of course, it is a concern,” the Dutchman conceded. “That is why we knew that before, when we constructed the squad with that, so we can deal with it. The squad can deal with it.
"That is football and I have the experience from the past, it is always going up. You have to deal with it and I like this situation, as you have to deal with it and manage it. You must focus on the process.
"The doctors are dealing with the injury problems," he added. "Injuries are always coming in top football, because we are living on the edge. Of course, we analyse why things happen, but we have to deal with the facts. It is always about the players who are available and how best we line up."