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Golden opportunity for Man Utd defender Harry Maguire to step up in Martinez and Lindelof’s absence 

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has the opportunity to prove his worth amid the defensive crisis at the club.

Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof will be out of action for at least a month after suffering fresh injuries.

Martinez sustained a calf problem in training earlier this week and Lindelof suffered a hamstring injury during United’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans are the other two options at centre-back for the Red Devils. The latter is returning from an injury he suffered before the recent international break.

Varane is too injury-prone and was substituted at half-time as a precaution against Brentford.

Maguire has a chance to stay at United next season

The England international was on the verge of leaving Old Trafford last summer but opted to stay and fight for his spot.

Maguire has turned his fortunes around by working hard and showing his strengths at the back this season.

The 31-year-old made his landmark 200th appearance for the club last Saturday when he came on as a substitute.

Evans has been a valuable addition to the squad but it would be a risk to back him again to perform well at the age of 36.

Varane’s current contract expires this summer. The Red Devils have the option to extend his deal by another year, but they want him to agree to a new contract with reduced wages.

Martinez has been injured almost the entire season, which raises a big concern for the United hierarchy. They need a quality back-up defender to cover for him.

It will be difficult for INEOS to overhaul the defence completely in one transfer window.

If Varane and Evans move on, United may try to retain Maguire’s services. However, the €20 million-rated defender must show his worth at the business end of the season.

He is expected to start in the heart of the defence with Varane against Chelsea in the Premier League this evening.

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