Maguire and two more stars OUT of Man Utd squad vs Bayern amid injury crisis
HARRY MAGUIRE has been left out of Manchester United’s travelling squad ahead of the club’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
Mason Mount and Raphael Varane also miss out, despite initial hopes that they would be available.
The two stars returned to full training today after recovering from their respective injuries.
Mount has missed United’s last three games due to an unspecified muscular issue, while Varane has missed the last two.
Man Utd face the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.
The Red Devils will look to avoid slipping to a third successive defeat across all competitions.
However, they will have to do so with a severely depleted squad.
Just five defenders – including free signing Jonny Evans – will travel to Germany, along with four goalkeepers.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka suffered a hamstring injury during his five-minute cameo against Brighton on Saturday.
His absence leaves Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Sergio Reguilon, and Diogo Dalot as the club’s only other defensive options for Wednesday’s game.
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United also have seven midfielders and five attackers available.
Maguire is unavailable due to an injury, which has not been specified.
The centre-back has not started a match for Man Utd this season.
His only appearance so far came during the club’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.
Maguire then received heavy criticism from fans while on England duty earlier this month.
Erik ten Hag has since stepped in to defend him, saying: “I have said many times, it is disrespectful and he doesn’t deserve it.
“He is a great player and gives great performances. It’s crazy but it’s how it works and Harry has to block this by performances.
“It’s unjustified when you see his career. It’s a great career and it has a lot to come but he has to block it by good performances.”
Fans had also hoped that summer signing Sofyan Amrabat would make his debut against Bayern Munich, but the midfielder is yet to take part in full training.
The midfielder trained by himself earlier today in order to build up his fitness following a back injury.
Despite Man Utd’s lack of depth, Harry Kane has urged his Bayern team-mates not to underestimate Ten Hag’s side.
The former Tottenham striker told Sports Illustrated: “A difficult game. I know Manchester United are having a difficult moment at the moment, but sometimes teams like that are dangerous because they’re always looking to come back in a big way.
“So we have to be prepared for them and of course we want to get the crowd behind us as early as possible on Wednesday in front of our home crowd and approach the game with a lot of intensity.
“The Champions League is always special and my first game with Bayern Munich will stay with me – so I hope it goes well.”