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Two players have returned to Manchester United pre-season training early



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Manchester United begin their pre-season venture next week as they prepare for eight friendly games before the beginning of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign.

The United squad will be eager to get started ahead of their second season under Erik ten Hag. Their first pre-season game will be played on 12 July in Oslo against Leeds United.

Due to the latest international break, the squad will be returning to training in two separate groups. Non-internationals will be at Carrington next week before those who played for their country join up with the squad two weeks later.

However, there are two players that have already made their return to United’s training ground as both look to regain full fitness ahead of the new season.

Lisandro Martinez suffered an ankle injury towards the end of last season but is back at Carrington training and is expected to be fit for pre-season, which is a huge boost for Ten Hag.

The centre-back was one of the club’s most important players last term and despite Luke Shaw impressing in his absence, the quality that the Argentine provides was missed.

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Meanwhile, goalkeeper Dean Henderson has also enhanced his recovery from injury by making an early return to Carrington. The English shot-stopper spent last term on loan at Nottingham Forest, but his season was cut short after tearing his thigh in January.

Henderson, 25, had surgery last month but is expected to be fit for the beginning of the new season, according to the Manchester Evening News.

David de Gea’s upcoming contract decision could impact the future of Henderson, who has been discussing a permanent move to The City Ground. However, Andre Onana appears to be Ten Hag’s number one choice to replace the Spaniard.