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Early Manchester United injury news ahead of Nottingham Forest FA Cup tie



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Manchester United will return to FA Cup action as they face Nottingham Forest away from home in the competition on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United‘s FA Cup journey has seen the club defeat Wigan Atheltic 2-0 in the third round of the competition before coming away from home against Newport County with a nervy 4-2 victory.

Erik ten Hag‘s men were on a hot unbeaten streak in 2024 before a last-minute winner from Alex Iwobi handed Fulham all three points on Saturday afternoon. United had several injuries for the tie, including Rasmus Højlund, who will remain unavailable against Forest.

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Casemiro had to be substituted through a head clash during the second half of the Fulham fixture, but this is not expected to be a significant problem, and there have been no signs that he will be unable to play on Wednesday.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is still expected to be out for at least another two weeks, while Mason Mount is expected to return next month – but there has been no official update on his fitness since early January.

There have been suggestions that Tyrell Malacia will return to training on the grass this week – this would mean that he is still a few weeks away from being completely available to return to the squad.

Lisandro Martínez and Anthony Martial are both expected to return at the beginning of April when United face Chelsea and Liverpool, while Luke Shaw is facing a fight to be fit for the end of the season. Shaw was ruled out for three months by a reoccurring leg problem he suffered against Aston Villa.

Although some blamed the loss against Fulham on injuries, Ten Hag disagreed: “With the squad we had today, we should have won this game. Both halves were slow starts and we should be ready from the first whistle. That’s a point of criticism, but the team showed big character in both halves.”

He added: “We struggled with their influence and their impact on our left side. But we reacted well, and how to deal with it, how to step up from the back and once we had that, we got more from the game and took control to create the chances.”