Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær has scuppered rumours that his captain, Harry Maguire, has recently been substituted in the starting XI by a long lost twin brother.
Sources inside Old Trafford told Paddy Power News that the under-pressure Norwegian has been left fuming by accusations that since his calf injury picked up in the 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in late September, the England centre-half decided to replace himself with his identical sibling.
“This is the biggest pile of b*****ks I’ve ever heard” a club spokesman told us, “Whoever started these rumours should be named and shamed.”
Seasoned United watchers have been astounded by their skipper’s recent below-par performances, which has seen The Red Devils pick up just one Premier League win in their last five outings. Many have rather cruelly complained that United had actually splashed out nearly 80 million quid in the summer of 2019 on Laurence Maguire, Harry’s brother currently plying his trade in the National League at Chesterfield.
Now it seems these theories may have more clout to them than originally given credit for, with a close confidant of the Maguire family prepared to tell us that there is actually a third footballing Maguire who nobody knew about, who is actually playing part-time in the Faroe Islands.
“He is the spitting image of Harry” they confirmed, “He even turns like an arctic truck – just like Harry. It’s uncanny.”
Solskjær, who leads his side into this weekend’s Manchester derby with his job seemingly still in the balance, was apparently furious with these latest reports, telling close allies that he “knew his players inside out” and could “never be fooled by a potential doppelganger”.
“Harry has a birthmark on his left buttock” claimed the Norwegian, “believe me I’ve seen him in the buff enough times to know that it is definitely him who has been so s**t lately. The Maguire we’ve seen over the last month or so, is NOT the real Harry Maguire.
“He’s his own biggest critic too, he’ll bounce back I’m positive.”
When we were given access to passenger records for last month on all flights out of Vagar, the only airport on the Faroe Islands, we couldn’t find any with the surname of Maguire. There could, however, be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this;
“He will have changed his surname for sure to try to blend in with the locals” claimed a journalist who reports on top-flight football on the island, “The guy I think you are referring to does look like Harry Maguire for sure. He plays like him too – he’s always falling over the Luke Shaw lookalike at left-back.
“And yes, he also has a massive head.”
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