Manchester United’s injury list grew today following the news Aaron Wan-Bissaka faces ‘several weeks’ out after sustaining an injury.
The right-back was named on the bench for Brighton’s 3-1 win at Old Trafford because he’d been unwell the week prior, but he still made an appearance in the 85th minute.
It is believed a fresh injury sustained in the latter stages of the game against Brighton has now ruled him out of action for almost two months.
Unfortunately for Erik ten Hag, this just adds to a list of pre-existing problems in the squad that hasn’t looked prepared for the 2023/24 campaign.
United are in the middle of an injury crisis as Wan-Bissaka joins teammates like Tom Heaton, Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat and Kobbie Mainoo. It only shows the problems Erik ten Hag is facing currently being dealt with as manager.
Nor does it help that he had no other choice but to force Jadon Sancho to train away from the first team, with the winger reluctant to apologise for his public spat with the manager.
And we can’t forget the ongoing investigation into the allegations made against Antony. One of the three accusers of domestic abuse dropped her claims in the last 24 hours.
The list of absentees gives all of our opponents a massive advantage going into games and I don’t think everyone is thinking about it when they reflect on our slow start to the season.
Up until recently, Anthony Martial was our only option as a centre-forward and he wasn’t fully fit. It has took time for our new striker to settle and it feels like we’ve started the season without one against some tough opponents.
We have combined an XI of players currently unavailable to the manager, just to show how many players we have yet to return to the squad.
Manchester United unavailable XI
Tom Heaton; Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia; Sofyan Amrabat; Kobbie Mainoo, Mason Mount; Amad Diallo, Jadon Sancho, Antony.
It goes without saying that we’ll be much stronger when the likes of Mount, Amrabat, Varane and Shaw are fully fit. That’s four key players we will be without at the Allianz Arena when United open their Champions League campaign against Bayern Munich.
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