There were always accidents. Except during the current period, we have always gotten results. I’ve been through it before and survived. You must deal with it. I enjoy these situations because you have to deal with them and know what to do, which is focusing on the process.”
Before the trip to Sheffield United, Ten Hag provided positive news about a number of injury concerns in the squad. The likes of Sergio Reguilon, Kobbie Mainoo and Raphael Varane could all be welcomed back this weekend while Casemiro is expected to return for the Manchester derby next weekend.
Long term injuries still persist though and it might be a while before Ten Hag can have a fully fit squad to choose from, further troubles permitting. The first match back after the November international break has been forecast for Luke Shaw’s return. The left-back was a key figure for the Reds last season and his loss has been felt.
United’s first game back after the next break comes on Sunday, November 26 when they travel to Everton in the Premier League. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is expected to be out for a similar length of time as Shaw so the Reds should have a range of full-backs to choose from in a month’s time.
Sadly, the wait for a fully fit squad is expected to run into the new year as Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia are both expected to be out until post-Christmas. Young winger Amad may be back sooner but his return date is not clear. Perhaps the mid January Premier League visit of Spurs might allow Ten Hag the chance to pick from a fully-fit squad.