We can only wonder what could have been if Manchester United had every player fit for every game.
Sadly that perfect scenario does not exist in football and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been working around injuries since even before the season kicked off.
Scott McTominay was carried off at Old Trafford on Sunday against Brighton, becoming the ninth player on United’s growing injury list.
PremierInjuries.com note this is more than any club have out at present, compared to Manchester City (4), Liverpool (5), Tottenham (4), Arsenal (2) and Leicester (1).
Playing twice a week doesn’t help with the Europa League, and United lack quality depth. There are questions which can be asked about Solskjaer’s selection policies and training methods.
Here is a look at when each of the 10 players are currently slated to return…
Tuanzebe suffered a hip injury in the warm-up against Liverpool last month and missed out on starting the biggest game of his career.
He has been out since, but a return is not far off. PremierInjuries.com state Tuanzebe is expected to make his comeback after the international break and could be available to face Sheffield United in our next fixture.
Matic suffered a mysterious injury last month which saw him head to Dubai with Luke Shaw for extra training.
The midfielder is also in contention to return against Sheffield United, and he may be needed with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba also in the treatment room.
Pogba has not featured for United since the end of September as he deals with a troublesome ankle injury.
The Frenchman was pictured on Instagram getting the cast taken off his ankle this week, which was a positive sign.
It is still going to be a little while before he is ready. His potential return is being projected as December 7, when United take on Manchester City at the Etihad.
United are still assessing the young midfielder after he suffered an ankle knock against Brighton. He has withdrawn from the Scotland international squad.
SkySports report United are currently unsure when he will be available, but regard him as a doubt to face Sheffield United in 11 days time.
The Mirror claim he could be out four weeks, which would mean he could miss the City game on December 7.
Long term absentee Eric Bailly has been out ever since suffering a knee injury in pre-season.
He was pictured back at Carrington last week and he is making good steps in his recovery.
Solskjaer suggested Bailly could return to full training at the end of this month, and his return date is pencilled in as December 15.
Dalot has not had much luck on the injury front since joining United.
He suffered a groin strain against Newcastle and has been out since. He is also being touted to be available again for the Sheffield United fixture.
Shaw injured him hamstring in just the third game of the season back in August and has had a slow recovery.
He is in contention to make his comeback also against Sheffield United.
Brandon Williams’ emergence means Shaw will not need to be rushed back into the starting line-up.
Fosu-Mensah was unfortunate to suffer an ACL injury back in January while on loan at Fulham.
These typically take nine months minimum to recover from and he is on track.
Fosu-Mensah was pictured doing light training work last week and could join Eric Bailly in being integrated back into full training at the end of the month.
United’s final Europa League game is his best bet for gametime, but that could come too soon.
There is limited information on the injury which kept Angel Gomes out of United’s recent Europa League matchday squad against Partizan and preceding training sessions.
He may already be fully fit. Gomes was called into England’s under-20 squad and could feature against Portugal tomorrow (14/11).
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