Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided an update concerning the availability of his three defenders ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League action against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.
England’s Harry Maguire, France’s Raphael Varane and Argentina’s Lisandro Martinez represented their respective countries at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar until recently.
Martinez and Varane were with their national sides last Sunday in the World Cup final and have not been included in United’s plan ahead of the meeting with the Tricky Trees on Tuesday night.
Speaking first on the already-returned United players who competed in the Middle East, Erik told Manchester United media: ”The feeling is good. The players from the World Cup are back, are integrated again and you feel they are excited.
”[They had] massive impressions there [in Qatar], but now they are back, and you feel their energy.
”They are looking forward to the restart [of the Premier League].”
Maguire is expected to be back for the arrival of Steve Cooper’s men on Tuesday evening after guiding England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Ten Hag is also hopeful of Martinez and Varane also being back soon.
”We had some problems with illness like Harry Maguire, but he was back on the training pitch today so I’m happy with that,” the boss added.
”Returning from Rapha Varane and Licha Martinez, they are not there [back at United] but we hope on their comeback [soon].”
Placed fifth in the Premier League standings, Manchester United are seeking to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, the Red Devils beat Burnley 2-0 last week to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.