Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, is in hot water with team coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this morning, after he let it be known that he plans to turn out for a local Sunday League team at the weekend.
Maguire, 26, incurred the Norwegian's wrath as he was talking to other players in the dressing room after training on Wednesday, and let it slip that his friend had asked him to make the numbers up, after the team had been let down by their regular centre-half, who can't make it that day due to some 'other commitments'.
The team the England defender will play for is the River Plate Reds who take on Manny Sports FC. The Reds are handily placed in the Mikey Wiilliams Premier Division on 15 points, five points behind the leaders, Ultim8 United FC, but with three games in hand. The match starts at 10:30am, after which Maguire will race to Old Trafford to lead United in their game with Watford, which starts at 2pm.
Maguire scored his first Premier League goal for United in the 2-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday, but this cut no ice with Solskjaer. He said:
"Harry is an easygoing chap who likes to help other people out when they're in a jam, but he has to remember, that he could get injured, and that could have serious implications for my job."
But Maguire laughed:
"What Ole has to remember is, that I already play for a team that resembles a Sunday League team!"