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BT Sport expert Robbie Savage stunned as desperate Man Utd tosses Harry Maguire UP FRONT with Cristiano RonaldoOUS News

ERIK TEN HAG went old school against Real Sociedad, headbutting Harry Maguire UP FRONT for the last 10 minutes.

BT Sport commentator Robbie Savage couldn’t believe it when Alejandro Garnacho was replaced by the centre-back.

Harry Maguire sent to play ahead against Real Sociedad

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Harry Maguire sent to play ahead against Real SociedadCredit: AP
Robbie Savage was stunned by Erik ten Hag's tactics.

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Robbie Savage was stunned by Erik ten Hag’s tactics.Credit: Getty

Ten Hag turned to the 29-year-old defender when United needed another goal to get to the top of the Europa League groups.

His thought was quickly explained when Maguire went and stood next to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The defender stepped forward in hopes of winning a knockout from promising long balls forward.

But with Maguire failing to make the desired impact as a striker, it’s unlikely that Ronaldo will hold his position despite recent troubles.

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And Savage was stunned by the fact that he saw Maguire and Ronaldo play together at the front in a competitive match.

He said at BT Sport: “I never thought I’d see Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo playing front together for Manchester United.”

Fellow commentator Ian Darke later joked: “This isn’t on anyone’s fantasy football team.”

Fans on social media were equally stunned.

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One wrote: “Maguire as a striker, I’ve really seen it all.”

Another joked: “If forward Maguire scores before Ronaldo, I will resign.”

Another said, “Maguire plays as Cristiano Ronaldo’s second forward, tell me a better duo.”

Meanwhile, former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton wrote on Twitter: “I love Erik ten Hag bringing the Dutch to these shores… Big Harry Maguire is playing from the bench and in the centre-forward.”

United are now facing a playoff with all their possible rivals Barcelona, ​​Ajax and Juventus to reach the last 16 in the Europa League.

Maguire failed to score a second goal against United

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Maguire failed to score a second goal against UnitedCredit: AP