Manchester United are set to embark on a tricky run of fixtures after the current international break, with the game against Leicester on Saturday to be the first of several challenging games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt a huge blow in his bid to cement a settled backline into his side, with Raphael Varane set to miss the next couple of weeks with a muscle injury.
The 28-year-old sustained the injury in France’s UEFA Nations League final against Spain last week and will now be forced to watch on for the foreseeable future.
Varane’s injury adds to Manchester United’s defensive woes, having already had Wan-Bissaka suspended for one Champions League game, Shaw missing the same game and Harry Maguire also ruled out.
Maguire is unlikely to be fit for the clash against his former side this week, which means that Solskjaer will be forced to call upon his backups to get the job done.
Victor Lindelof has been a mainstay in Solskjaer’s side for the last three seasons and he is now set to form a partnership with outcast defender Eric Bailly, as they did in the Europa League final last season.
Fred is also likely to miss the game, with the Brazil international set to feature in a World Cup qualifier in Brazil just hours before the game against Leicester kicks off.