The final international break of the season is looming large and as per usual, the majority of the Manchester United senior squad will be breaking up to represent their nations.
United were one of the clubs with the most representatives at last winter’s World Cup and that is also the case for this month’s international fixtures, with several fringe players potentially offered some much-needed minutes on the pitch.
Marcel Sabitzer was a doubt for Austria’s games in March but the on-loan midfielder was given the medical green light after last weekend’s game against Southampton and could even feature against Real Betis on Thursday.
Alejandro Garnacho was in line to make his senior debut for Argentina later this month but the 18-year-old has been ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a serious ankle injury.
Victor Lindelof and Anthony Elanga have both dropped down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag this season but Sweden manager Janne Andersson has offered the pair the chance to regain some rhythm. Lindelof missed last week’s game against Southampton due to illness but has been cleared fit.
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Elanga has started just five games for United this season and his future at the club is looking increasingly bleak – a strong end to the season could help facilitate a Premier League loan move for next season.
Thus far, it does not look like Ten Hag is planning to use Elanga anytime soon but the untimely injury to Garnacho could mean that he is given the chance to impress.
Amad Diallo spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers but his big break has come this season with Sunderland, with the young Ivorian tipped to be named the Black Cats’ Player of the Season.
Diallo has not featured for Ivory Coast since 2021 but his impressive season in the Championship has earned him a recall to the international fold, as reported on the official Manchester United website.
The 20-year-old missed Sunderland’s game against Norwich last weekend but speaking recently, manager Tony Mowbray was fairly optimistic about his fitness.