Six Manchester United players pulled out of international duty over the international break due to injury.
It seemed like a masterplan from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff, right out of the Sir Alex Ferguson playbook.
Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic have all been able to rest up.
We are now set to find out just how healthy they all are, and if it was simply precautionary in each case.

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As far as Lingard is concerned, he should be fine. He started for United against Wolves, and while he was not his usual self, the recent break will have helped.
Shaw, Matic, Rashford and Martial are all rated at 50 percent to make United’s match at home to Watford on Saturday, Premier Injuries report, with Lukaku said to be 75 per cent.
One of the lessons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has learned so far at United is the hazards of rushing players back too soon.
Lingard aggravated an injury against Liverpool, while Matic simply looked off the pace after his return to the side.
Sitting out the international break definitely will have helped. But at this stage it’s uncertain what lies ahead.

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On the horizon are two Champions League ties against Barcelona. United need their top stars fit and in form.
United host Watford, then visit Wolves, before an eight day break ahead of the Barcelona first leg.
Ideally each of the six players will be involved in one of the two games before facing Barcelona.
If one of more of them don’t, then perhaps the international break ‘injuries’ were more serious than we all realised.

 

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