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Team News: Harry Maguire out, Phil Jones in for Wolves vs Manchester United 

Manchester United star Luke Shaw praised ‘phenomenal’ Phil Jones after Wolves defeat .
Manchester United star Luke Shaw praised ‘phenomenal’ Phil Jones after Wolves defeat .

Team News: Harry Maguire out, Phil Jones in for Manchester United vs Wolves

According to The Athletic, Phil Jones could take the place of Harry Maguire in the backline after the Manchester United captain picked up an injury against Burnley. 

Harry Maguire played the complete 90-min of Burnley match. But it is believed that the English defender has suffered a fitness problem and could be unable to feature against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. 

Team News: Harry Maguire out, Phil Jones in for Manchester United vs Wolves . (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Phil Jones set to feature in place of Harry Maguire for Manchester United vs Wolves match. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After suffering a hamstring injury, Eric Bailly had to be substituted in the 66th minute of the Burnley match. Even though the Ivorian was not seen in the team hotel on Sunday, there is a chance he could feature against Wolves tonight. But his availability is still not clear. 

Raphael Varane, who featured against Newcastle, could be seen on the bench for the Wolves clash. The French defender had to come up in place of Bailly during the Burnley game, and Ralf Rangnick doesn’t want to risk the 28-year-old’s fitness after just returning from injury. 

The scenario has put a lot of uncertainty over who can start in defence for Manchester United. However, it is believed that the German manager could utilize Phil Jones in the backline for the crunch clash against Bruno Lage’s team. 

Team News: Harry Maguire out, Phil Jones in for Manchester United vs Wolves. (imago Images)
Phil Jones has only played three competitive matches for Manchester United U23 in this campaign. (imago Images)

Should he play on the night, it will be Jones’s first Premier League game in two years. It seems the English star has impressed Rangnick in the training sessions and could have a chance to showcase his expertise against the Wanderers. 

Ralf Rangnick’s team are currently in the 7th position, behind Tottenham after playing the same amount of game. Therefore, the Red Devils have to secure a win against the Wolves in today’s game to stay in the race for the top four. 

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However, Manchester United defence has looked vulnerable on several occasions this season. Without Maguire and Varane on the pitch, it’d be challenging to stop pacey attackers like Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez. 

Jones has only played three matches with the U-23 team this season to sharpen his skills. It would be a massive opportunity for the English star to rejuvenate his United career, but it’s a gigantic bet to take for Ralf Rangnick in a crucial game. 

Written by Surajit Das

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