Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has provided updates on the injury status of several key first-team players ahead of their upcoming match against Burnley.
Manchester United’s start to the season has been far from ideal, with the team currently positioned 13th in the table. They are entering the Turf Moor game after suffering three consecutive defeats in various competitions. While their loss to Arsenal earlier this month might have had an element of misfortune, their defeat to Brighton last weekend was a straightforward disappointment. The misery continued with a 4-3 loss against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in mid-week.
Nevertheless, the encounter with Vincent Kompany’s Burnley offers United an opportunity to reverse their recent poor form.
Before the match, Ten Hag was queried about the injury status of several regular first-team players who have been sidelined. Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, Tyrell Malacia, and Harry Maguire have all been unavailable for varying durations.
There have been suggestions that Maguire might be closest to making a return, as he did not travel to Munich due to discomfort following a training session. Ten Hag had this to say regarding their potential comebacks: “Maybe, as you say, Harry Maguire – We will see better after training [on Friday afternoon]. But Varane will train, and we will see. Amrabat, he will train, and we will see. Mount, as well, but they all didn’t play for a short or longer term. Varane, obviously, was the shortest [time] out.”
Manchester United has encountered a significant share of injury setbacks early in the season. Mason Mount, who was signed for £55 million, has only played two matches before sustaining a hamstring injury during the 2-0 defeat against Tottenham.
Sofyan Amrabat, despite being pursued by United throughout the summer, missed all of the Red Devils’ games due to a stress fracture in his back. Tyrell Malacia, another player who has yet to make an appearance for the club this season, remains unavailable, much like Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Amad, and Antony.
After the defeat to Brighton, Ten Hag was questioned about Varane’s absence. He replied: “He had complaints, we didn’t want to risk him. We have to wait.” It appears that the wait may be drawing to a close, but Burnley’s match might arrive too soon.