Harry Maguire makes a ‘ridiculous’ schedule with Manchester United playing three times in five days … as he fears to miss the record of 72 consecutive games without missing a minute.
- Harry Maguire has played every minute for Manchester United since joining
- That run could end this week with three games in five days
- The Manchester United captain destroyed his team’s schedule this week
- Maguire could break the record if he lasts against Aston Villa for the full duration
Harry Maguire has come out on Manchester United’s ‘ridiculous’ schedule, in which they play three times in five days.
The Red Devils will travel to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon, for home games with Leicester on Tuesday and rival Liverpool on Thursday.
Since joining United for £ 80 million in the summer of 2019, the England international has not missed a single minute of competition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Harry Maguire hopes to break a Premier League record against Aston Villa on Sunday
Maguire has played every minute for the Red Devils since coming over from Leicester in 2019
Maguire is concerned that United’s busy schedule could force him to sit out at least one game this week.
He told Manchester United official website: ‘It will be very tough. I don’t think it’s ever been done in Premier League history. I don’t know why it was done.
‘Three games in five days is just ridiculous. It’s hard when you have two games in three days during the Christmas season, as sometimes happens.
‘You have to play, then rest, and then play again. That’s hard, but to have three out of five, I don’t know where that comes from; I don’t know why they decided that.
‘We are dealing with it; we will probably rotate and we have to make sure we are fresh in our minds to start winning football games and that’s what we want to do. ‘
“It is a proud record and that from our games and our schedule it is difficult to take when it comes to the point that I need a rest in one of the games,” the England international continued.
‘It is a proud achievement to be available for selection and the manager to show the confidence in me to play in every Premier League game since I signed. But it will certainly be difficult to play three games in five days. ‘
Should Maguire complete the full game against Aston Villa, it would mark 72 consecutive Premier League games without missing a minute – breaking former United defender Gary Pallister’s record of 71.
Manchester United faces a difficult week this week with three games in a five-day period
Even if Maguire breaks the record, the center-back will be disappointed with the end of his series of consecutive games this week.
Manchester United are also aiming to maintain an unbeaten record outdoors in the league for an entire season.
Should they avoid a defeat at Villa Park, they will have to do without a defeat to Wolves to set a record set just twice in Premier League history.
Maguire said: ‘It is important that we go to the Premier League and try to keep that record because it is a proud record to have. Our home form got picked up a bit late, so that’s important too. ‘