There are now 12 days before Manchester United’s next Premier League game, due to the international break.
Many of United’s players will be busy during that time and will hopefully avoid injuries.
There are those who won’t be involved for their countries and the break may work in their favour.
Here is a look at three United players who can benefit from there being no club games over the next fortnight.
A lack of football for United this season means Fred is not in Brazil’s squad, and he can have no complaints.
While his United midfield teammates, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, and Nemanja Matic are all off on international duty, he can use his time at Carrington to his advantage.
This is a chance for Fred to really knuckle down and impress United’s coaching staff, with regard to his fitness work and technical ability.
He will be fresher than his teammates when they return, and Fred should hope to be involved when United take on Leicester, at least from the bench.
Axel Tuanzebe is in a similar position to Fred in regard to his lack of football.
He is not in the England squad or with the under-21s and he will also be spending the next fortnight at Carrington.
There is potentially a place up for grabs in central defence with Victor Lindelöf’s form beginning to dip.
Tuanzebe can show he is ready to step in, and might even persuade Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give him a go.
United’s attack struggled without Anthony Martial against Southampton.
Fortunately for Martial and United, the break comes at a good time.
He will be able to spend the next fortnight working on getting back to 100 per cent and should be a locked in starter against Leicester.
We need him to hit the ground running when he returns, and he should be fresh, with Marcus Rashford off with England and Mason Greenwood with the under-21s.
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