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Casemiro revealed sacrifice Man Utd star made at Wembley, he is now paying a heavy price

Manchester United are still reeling from a dramatic 2024/25 which saw the club battle a severe injury crisis, and still come out with a trophy at the end of it.

After the agony of losing in the 2023 FA Cup final, both Manchester United players and supporters would have welcomed the outcome of winning the 2024 FA Cup at the beginning of the season.

But at what price? The cup victory was overshadowed by a dismal Premier League season, the team’s worst-ever eighth-place result, an elimination from the Champions League group stage, and a feeble Carabao Cup defence.

To put it briefly, not every player made it to the season’s huge Wembley conclusion, and getting there was a hard path. In particular, one player has suffered greatly.

Harry Maguire out of the Euro 2024 squad

Central defence was one of the areas Manchester United’s injury issues hit hard last season, and at one stage Harry Maguire was the only fit centre-back, with Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Jonny Evans, and Willy Kambwala all injured, along with Luke Shaw.

Eventually, Maguire became injured himself, missing the FA Cup Final and the season’s conclusion.

It was a terrible blow considering that he was injured in the 2021 Europa League Final and was not selected to start the previous two cup finals in 2023.

More terrible news has now surfaced: Maguire has been left out of England’s Euro 2024 roster. The defender has admitted that he is disappointed and that the news has angered United supporters.

Maguire had intended to improve on his defeat in the Euro 2020 final this tournament. He will now have to watch from home, much like Marcus Rashford, who was excluded because of his form.

Harry Maguire played through the pain

Because Harry Maguire has been so outstanding this season—making significant progress in his performance, responding to critics, and even winning a Premier League player of the month award—his tragedy feels particularly unlucky.

Although there were doubts a year ago over his automatic spot in the England team, he truly seemed to have earned it this year, and the Three Lions would be less without him.

Because Maguire risked injury and persevered through the agony to help United through its injury crisis, the pain is even more intense.

This was laid bare at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City, a game in which Maguire scored, before continuing to play all 120 minutes – later revealed to be battling an injury.

Teammate Casemiro told TNT Sports at the time: “We have six defenders [out]. H [Harry Maguire] was injured.

“He played injured this game. Since the beginning [of the game], he was injured. He played injured in the last match.”

The previous match referred to was the away game against Bournemouth, when Erik ten Hag admitted Maguire suffered an early injury he had to battle past.

Ten Hag told club media: “One thing was Harry Maguire had an issue in the first half and for us he overcame [it]”.

That turned out to be two matches in eight days Maguire played through while injured. Soon afterwards, Maguire suffered the injury which ended his season.

Maguire, 31, is coming towards the end of his journey with England. He may have one more World Cup left in him, if everything breaks right.

During what had seemed to be a redemption season, missing out on this competition and the FA Cup Final is a cruel blow; the only consolation is that his reputation has improved.

By the end of 2023–2024, Maguire will have sacrificed all and given his all.

His efforts have been acknowledged, since he made it possible for Manchester United to defeat City without him by getting them to Wembley for the final.

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