Harry was notably absent when the matchday squad was announced and, speaking to us in the Pride Park tunnel, Solskjaer gave this update on the missing club captain:
“I had a word with him before training yesterday to say I’m not going to rest him. But then he rolled his ankle in training so he had to stay at home. Hopefully he’ll be okay for the weekend but I’m not sure.”
Shortly afterwards, birthday boy Maguire used his official Twitter account to reassure fans about his fitness.
“Disappointed to miss out through injury,”
“Working hard to get fit ASAP!”
THREE APPEARANCES, THREE CLEAN SHEETS
Eric Bailly can boast that personal record this season after returning in February from a serious knee injury. While it is still early days for him, with Solskjaer keen to build his fitness, the Ivorian’s clean sheets against Chelsea, Club Brugge and now Derby make him a contender to start against City.
TUANZEBE BACK IN THE SQUAD
Following a successful cameo with the Under-23s on Monday night, helping the young Reds to beat Stoke City 3-2, Axel was deemed fit enough to take a place on the bench at Pride Park. That is a significant step forward for the centre-back, whose season has been hampered by injury so far. His last first-team outing was back on 18 December, in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Colchester.