Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has to deal with all types of problems at the moment, including a lack of available players.
There has been a lot of criticism of Manchester United’s form early this season, and there have also been off-field issues serving as a big distraction too.
This weekend United get an opportunity to return to winning ways, and it is far from simply against a talented Brighton side.
The scale of the challenge is laid bare by a full XI of players, who 48 hours before the game, are either unavailable, injured, or have major question marks.
Manchester United unavailable or injury doubt XI
It is a worrying state of affairs that just one month into the 2023/24 season, Manchester United have a full XI of players who could be unavailable for selection heading into gameweek five.
The rest of the unavailable players are due to injury – although there is a small chance one or two knocks could clear up shortly, hence the caveat of ‘injury doubt’ rather than saying all of these players are definitively unavailable this weekend.
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Amrabat had a knock which forced him to pull out of international duty – but The Telegraph report there is some optimism he could yet be fit for this weekend. All will soon become clear.
The Athletic report Mason Mount is targeting a return against Bayern Munich next week.
Martinez could be fit this weekend, however, he did not make the matchday squads for either of Argentina’s matches over the break.
There is a best case scenario where all of these issues clear up and the players are available to face Brighton.
But in 2023/24, Manchester United fans have already learned to expect the worst.