Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund is moving in the right direction as he steps up his recovery from injury.

The Denmark striker has been sat on the sidelines since his £64 million move from Atalanta.

But he arrived with a back injury and has been training alone, with United careful not to rush him.

There is good news, however, although not quite as good as United fans might hope.

Manchester United Training Session
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Rasmus Hojlund update

At his press conference, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed Hojlund ‘trained properly’ for the first time.

But he will not be part of the matchday squad against Nottingham Forest, the club have confirmed.

The Mail had reported Manchester United were optimistic Hojlund could make the bench.

Erik ten Hag told the press conference, via BBC Sport’s Simon Stone: “Not for tomorrow. Today first time he came into team training so next week I expect him to do a full week.”

Instead the best case scenario would be Hojlund making the bench against Arsenal the following week.

The update is good news, that Hojlund is taking a step forward. His debut is moving closer, and there is a chance we see him before the international break.

Anthony Martial could lead the line for United this weekend, with Marcus Rashford moving to the left.

Manchester United v Nottingham Forest

Manchester United preparations for the fixture have been impacted by an injury to Luke Shaw.

Shaw could miss several weeks, while Tyrell Malacia is also out of action. Diogo Dalot is expected to start at left-back,

New signing Mason Mount also faces around a month out. Christian Eriksen will replace him in midfield.

Ten Hag added: “They will be for some period absent, Luke will be longer than Mason.”

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