Manchester United hit with injury blow ahead of FA Cup final as Newcastle United watch on

Why Manchester United's daring £176m double deal would only be half of a good planWhy Manchester United's daring £176m double deal would only be half of a good plan
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Who lifts the FA Cup between Manchester United or Manchester United will have a major impact on Newcastle United.

Manchester United will be without Harry Maguire for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City.

The 31-year-old sustained a muscle injury at the beginning of May, throwing his participation at Wembley into doubt. He missed the remaining four games of the Premier League campaign against Crystal PalaceArsenalNewcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Casemiro and Jonny Evans formed an unlikely partnership before Lisandro Martinez came in alongside Casemiro at centre-back for the final Premier League day win at Brighton last weekend.

Harry Maguire celebrates his side's fourth goal with Rasmus HojlundHarry Maguire celebrates his side's fourth goal with Rasmus Hojlund
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With Raphael Varane also returning to the bench, Erik ten Hag was hopeful of welcoming back Maguire. However, as confirmed by the Red Devils boss, that won’t be the case.

Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, the Dutchman said: “Harry Maguire is unavailable but for the rest, all of the players you mentioned [Mason Mount, Victor Lindelof & Anthony Martial} are available. Tomorrow final training and we make final decisions but the way I see it now it looks good.”

Man United’s blow could be Newcastle’s gain as they pray for a Man City victory. After finishing 7th in the Premier League table, Eddie Howe’s side need City to win in order to secure a spot in next season’s Europa Conference League.

If Ten Hag’s men lift the cup, the Magpies will be robbed of Europe altogether. The Europa League spot would go to the Red Devils while the Conference League place would go to 6th place Chelsea.

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