Manchester United have a handful of players out injured currently which is giving manager Erik ten Hag yet another headache ahead of the Premier League return.
Following a slow start to the campaign, the international break has provided The Reds with time to not only assess the problems so far but also get their injured players closer to fitness.
Whilst there remain several players such as Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, who appear to be out of action for extended periods, there are also others who are closing in on their United return.
One of those is Mason Mount, who signed for the club in the summer from Chelsea for £55 million, after he fell to injury following the Tottenham Hotspur game.
The England international’s follow-up scan has returned positive and he could be returning in the coming week, with there being an outside chance that he will be involved in the squad against Brighton, according to The Athletic.
It was added, however, that Ten Hag has opted for caution in planning Mount’s return to the side. The player was said to be aiming for a return for the upcoming clash against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, there has also been a positive development during the international break for Sofyan Amrabat, despite a scare days earlier when he was replaced in the Morocco squad.
The new loanee at Old Trafford left the international camp due to injury and there were worries of the significance amongst the United fanbase.
However, Morocco manager Walid Regragui provided clarity over the situation as he revealed it was a precautionary move after his Old Trafford move was completed. “Sofyan Amrabat felt something,” he said. “We let him go as a precaution because he has just started his new adventure with Manchester United.”
Ahead of the upcoming fixture schedule, there is also uncertainty over United’s right-wing position. Antony is currently unavailable after agreeing with the club to delay his return to the squad whilst he focuses on domestic abuse accusations.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho’s future is unknown after he released a shock statement in response to Erik ten Hag last Sunday after the manager explained his absence from the squad against Arsenal was due to training performance. Sancho has since taken down the post, however.
Ten Hag’s decision of who to play in the position will be eagerly anticipated, and former United defender Paul Parker believes that youngster Facundo Pellistri should be offered the opportunity.
“I think Pellistri should have been given a chance ages ago and I think he can bring consistency,” he told mybettingsites. “I think Man United needs a player that can deliver an end product and he is a very efficient player.”
“The team needs a player that will cross the ball instead of taking the tempo out of the team. I think he will be very beneficial for a player like Rasmus Hojlund because a centre forward wants some wide players that crosses the ball whenever he takes a run and Pellistri is a player that can do that.”
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