'Most squads would struggle with this number of injuries'

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Dale O'Donnell, Stretty News

Erik ten Hag’s second season as Manchester United manager could not be going any worse, but the biggest factor behind that is the injury-hit squad.

A lot of pundits are guilty of overlooking the fact that United currently have nine players on the treatment table. Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund are the latest players to pick up injuries after being taken off against Luton Town before the international break.

Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Casemiro, and Lisandro Martinez have been ruled out with long-term injuries, therefore weakening the spine of Ten Hag’s team, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the trip to Luton because illness.

Also recovering at Carrington are Jonny Evans and Amad Diallo.

Most squads would struggle with this number of injuries, let alone so many in the defensive department, and it is no wonder our form has been below par.

There has been a slight upturn in results, though. Ten Hag now has a league-best run of form to rebut the line of questioning about his future as United manager. The Reds have collected more points (12) over their past five matches than any other side in the Premier League.

It is now a matter of grinding out results until key personnel like Shaw and Martinez return to the defence.

Let’s get back into those Champions League qualification spots!

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