Manchester United has seen ten players return to training following their participation in the World Cup as preparations for their return to action ramp up.
On Wednesday night, the Red Devils will play Burnley in the Carabao Cup, their first game since a thrilling win over Fulham in November. Erik ten Hag is expected to field a strong team against the Championship leaders.
This is despite the fact that many of his team have only recently returned from Qatar, with an influx of ten arriving back at the club’s Carrington training complex on Tuesday. The final practice session was attended by 25 players before Ten Hag’s team takes on Burnley at Old Trafford.
United’s three players sent to the England squad were all back in action, with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Marcus Rashford all seen taking part. They were joined by Casemiro, Fred, and Antony, who are probably still stinging from Brazil’s heartbreaking quarter-final defeat.
Tyrell Malacia and Bruno Fernandes were both back in the gym after being eliminated in the final eight by the Netherlands and Portugal, respectively. However, Fernandes was not joined by fellow countryman and Ten Hag favorite Diogo Dalot.
Dalot has displaced Aaron Wan-Bissaka as United’s first-choice right-back, although he was not present during Tuesday’s main training session. The 23-year-old has only missed one game this season, with Malacia shifting to right-back in the win over Fulham.
Ten Hag will be hoping Dalot is available when United returns to Premier League action after the holidays since Malacia has suffered in his absence. Christian Eriksen and Facundo Pellistri, who were eliminated in the group rounds, were also on the grass.
They join veteran players Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelof, David de Gea, and Anthony Martial in remaining with United throughout the World Cup. Several young players, like Rhys Bennett and Zidane Iqbal, were also called up by Ten Hag.
With the return of the ten previously stated players from the World Cup, United is just missing two more stars. Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane represent their countries in the final.
Martinez returned to Argentina to celebrate La Albiceleste’s championship victory. Despite the fact that several of the first-choice players have just recently returned, McTominay feels it will not be long until they are back to their best for their club.
“Obviously, for us, it’s a very different year in terms of the World Cup and everything that has been going on. “Some of us had a rest, some of us trained, and some of us were at the World Cup,” he said at a press appearance for supporters.
“When everyone gets back, they’re pretty much ready to train again and the games come fairly rapidly. It’s great to have everyone back now for a squad. We’ve had a lot of returning players.
“I think it’s been difficult every time we’ve played Burnley throughout the years. For our part, we shall prepare as usual. We’ve got a lot of players returning, which we’re thrilled about, and I’m sure the manager is as well.”