New signing Mason Mount faces a longer spell on the sidelines than previously anticipated.
This would rule him out of games against Nottingham Forest and Arsenal. Not the end of the world, with United struggling for form early in the season, and it would give Mount chance to rest up for a couple of games.
But now the injury appears more severe. The Telegraph report Mount could miss four to six weeks in total, potentially right up to October, which would see him miss the first two Champions League group stage games.
Manchester United fans react to Mason Mount injury news
The injury to Mason Mount complicates things for Manchester United. Erik ten Hag’s side are light in midfield.
The news has stirred frustration among supporters, who reacted on social media to the update, worried about the lack of options in Erik ten Hag’s squad, with another new signing Rasmus Hojlund also out with an injury.
One fan wrote, “August isn’t even over and I’m already fearing the worst.”
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Another added: “You couldn’t flippin’ write it, supposed to strengthen the squad not weaken it.”
More comments included simply, “We’re so unlucky,” and “We really have no squad depth. We’re screwed this season, setting yet another manager up to fail.”
Midfield options thin
Manchester United’s options in midfield are light suddenly, with Fred sold to Fenerbahce, and Donny van de Beek left out of squads with United trying to push him towards an exit.
Kobbie Mainoo is out injured until October too, and there is a lot of pressure on Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro to stay fit, already.
United really need to sign a couple of midfield options, and at the least, will have to shelve plans to move Scott McTominay on.