Tonight, Manchester United aspires to see the return of Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, and Sofyan Amrabat in contention to confront Burnley on the field.
Mount’s absence has endured for four matches, attributed to a muscular ailment. However, he re-emerged on the training grounds of the first-team this week, though he abstained from participating in the Champions League expedition to Bayern Munich, an outing that ended with a 4-3 loss for United.
Varane has been conspicuously absent from the last trio of games, all of which culminated in disheartening defeats. This hiatus necessitated by an injury sustained during a clash with Nottingham Forest. Fortunately, recent days have witnessed his reintegration with the squad.
As for Amrabat, his maiden appearance has been postponed since his eleventh-hour acquisition three weeks ago. Primarily due to a lingering back ailment. Nevertheless, he is now a contender for the forthcoming match. Additionally, the fitness of Harry Maguire hangs in the balance after a recent injury setback.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of United. Offered his insights during a Friday press conference, stating, “Regarding Harry Maguire, we will monitor his condition following the training session. Raphael Varane and Sofyan Amrabat will participate in the training as well, and their readiness remains to seen. Mason Mount, too, will be in training. But their absence from recent fixtures, be it short or long term, should noted. Among them, Varane’s convalescence has been the most abbreviated.”
Regrettably, both Manchester United and Burnley find themselves grappling with a slew of absentees. For Manchester United, the list includes Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Tom Heaton, Amad Diallo, and Kobbie Mainoo. Similarly, Burnley is facing their own set of challenges. With the services of Jadon Sancho and Antony also remaining beyond reach for selection.
The anticipated lineup for Manchester United, adhering to a 4-2-3-1 formation, is as follows: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Reguilon; Casemiro, McTominay; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.
Uncertainty shrouds the involvement of Varane, Mount, Amrabat, and Maguire, while the unavailability of Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Mainoo, Malacia, Amad, and Heaton is confirm.
Jadon Sancho and Antony remain indisposed and thus ineligible for selection.
The fixture is schedule for 8 pm BST on Saturday, September 23, 2023, and will unfold at the Turf Moor venue.