Following their 3-2 defeat to Galatasaray in the Champions League earlier this week, Manchester United are preparing to host Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday. This comes amidst a challenging period for Erik ten Hag’s squad, having suffered back-to-back losses in recent fixtures. With Brentford up next, the team is undoubtedly keen to turn their fortunes around.
However, Ten Hag faces a mounting challenge, with multiple first-team players unavailable due to injuries. Remarkably, all three primary left-backs from the squad are currently out of action. As a makeshift solution, Sofyan Amrabat has been stepping into this role and is poised to continue in the left-back position for the upcoming fixture. Alongside him, other key players such as Lisandro Martinez and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are sidelined. Here’s a detailed rundown of the Red Devils’ injury list:
Injury Type: A repeat of his metatarsal injury from April.
Latest Update: Erik ten Hag disclosed that Martinez is slated for surgery to address this metatarsal injury – a reiteration of the setback that prematurely concluded his 2022/23 season.
Projected Return: January 2024
Injury Type: Ankle
Latest Update: Mainoo was spotted participating in the group training sessions leading up to the Champions League face-off against Galatasaray. Notably, the young midfielder, aged 18, was in individual training routines just a month prior. Despite this progress, he did not play in the recent European fixture.
Projected Return: October 7, possibly for the Brentford match
Injury Type: Not specified
Latest Update: Shaw has been out of the team since August 19. Though the exact nature of his injury remains undisclosed, initial evaluations suggested a layoff spanning up to eight weeks.
Projected Return: Sometime in November
Injury Type: Not specified
Latest Update: Reguilon, on loan from Tottenham, played the full 90 minutes against Burnley, even while unwell. However, a minor injury prevented his participation in the consecutive matches against Crystal Palace. Confirming this, Ten Hag has ruled out the left-back for the upcoming weekend clash.
Projected Return: October 21, potentially against Sheffield United
Injury Type: Hamstring
Latest Update: Wan-Bissaka encountered a hamstring problem during the tail end of the 3-1 defeat to Brighton in the previous month. His return within October remains uncertain.
Projected Return: Likely in November
Injury Type: Not disclosed
Latest Update: Malacia hasn’t been on the pitch since last season’s closure, having suffered an injury during the summer break. This leaves Diogo Dalot as the sole fit full-back at Ten Hag’s disposal.
Projected Return: Date not provided
Injury Type: Knee
Latest Update: After enduring a knee injury during the club’s pre-season US tour, Amad was seen resuming gym sessions last month. The club has yet to confirm an estimated return date.
Projected Return: Date not specified
Given this extensive injury list, Manchester United’s depth will certainly be tested in the forthcoming fixtures.