Maria gets dumped, but has she a new knight in shining armour?

Coming up in Coronation street this week, Ali Neeson had offered to babysit Maria’s son Liam, however it doesn’t go very well. Claudia and Emma hear a smoke alarm going off from inside the flat, and Gary and Ryan have to force their way into to flat to see whats happened. They find Ali asleep on the sofa and a burnt pizza in the oven that had caused the fire alarm to go off.
Maria is obviously furious and ends up telling Ali to leave, and Ryan tells him he needs to sort his life out.

Later on, Maria admits that she may have over-reacted to the incident, and tries to apologies, however Ali tells Maria that its not working between them and they should split up. Maria is very upset by this and begs for another chance, but she is dumped.

She heads over to the bar at the Rovers Return to drown her sorrows, but ends up getting into a fight with Alis mum, and says that both her sons are losers. Gary has to step in and tear Maria away. Gary has recently been acting like Marias knight in shining armour, has this kindled a spark between the two? Will a new romance be blossoming?