Manchester United have been handed an unlikely international break boost


Man Utd have just five senior players away on international duty following injuries to Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay.

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Manchester United have been handed a potential boost going into the international break.

That is because just five senior first-team players will be representing their respective nations over the next two weeks.

Injury withdrawals for Marcos Rojo and Scot Mc Tominay this week have added to United’s growing list of absentees, but mean only a handful of first-team players will be away over the coming days.

Rojo and McTominay will both undergo treatment at the club, although it is unclear whether or not they will join a group of United players who are travelling to Dubai for warm weather training.

Although the growing injury list is sure to be of concern to the United medical staff the lack of players away on international duty could give an advantage following the international break.

United’s latest injury updates mean only David de Gea, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof, Daniel James and Dylan Levitt are away on full international duty, with Wales international Levitt yet to make a senior appearance for club or country.

Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams are amongst those away at youth level, while Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong have also earned call-ups.

It means in-form players Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred and Andreas Pereira all have valuable time to rest, with the quartet fully fit ahead of the packed festive fixture schedule.

The potential advantage is only amplified when compared with two of United’s biggest rivals for a top-four finish in the Premier League, with Tottenham having 16 senior players away on international duty, while ten members of the Arsenal squad are also away.

United’s next Premier League match sees them travel to face Sheffield United after the international break, and even the Blades have eight players away with their respective national teams, but Dean Henderson will not be able to face his parent club.

Although the recent setbacks to Rojo and McTominay are a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the United manager is also expected to be further boosted following the international action.

Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are both thought to be close to return, while Axel Tuanzebe and Paul Pogba should hopefully be back in contention before the end of the year.

The United squad could also be further boosted by nearing returns for both Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, while there is no update on Diogo Dalot.

A lack of United involvement might make the international break even more tedious for supporters to endure, but a boring international break is exactly what Solskjaer wants.

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