Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained Harry Maguire’s absence during their Premier League clash against Wolves on Monday night.
The Reds captain was replaced by the returning Phil Jones, who surprised many with an assured performance.
It ended in a shocking loss though as Joao Motinho’s late goal earned the visitors maximum points in a historic win.
Speaking before the match, the German revealed the defender picked an injury during their last outing against Burnley.
“Harry received that kind of injury against Burnley that he could play all throughout the game,” said Rangnick to Sky Sports.
“But he had problems the day after. Until yesterday, we were still hopeful of him being able to play, the same with Eric Bailly, and in both cases it was just a ‘no’. Since last night, we knew all three of them were out.”
In an early interview with MUTV’s Stewart Gardner, Ralf explained: “Victor was still positive, so it was clear since yesterday morning that he would be out and Harry, he received that knock on his chest or whatever, in the game against Burnley so we thought he would be good again for tonight.
“But, yesterday, he was just trying and it was impossible. He even had too much pain when he was just standing around or sitting. It wasn’t possible for him to play.”
United’s next match is an FA Cup tie at home to Aston Villa next week on Monday.