Man Utd were without Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in midweek as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is forced to seek solutions in defence whilst Marcus Rashford steps up his recovery
Manchester United bounced back from successive defeats by seeing off Villarreal late in the day on Wednesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo needed to fire home a stoppage time winner to secure the comeback victory as the Red Devils battled several injuries.
Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw were both absent having picked up injuries in the league defeat to Aston Villa.
It leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with holes to fill in his defence as United prepare to host Everton this weekend.
The Toffees are undefeated thus far and will pose a strong challenge come Saturday lunchtime.
Solskjaer is also dealing with injuries in attack, but such is the depth of his options in that area there are few concerns.
Here is the latest on those recovering at Old Trafford.
The United skipper hobbled off in the league defeat to Villa last weekend and missed the Champions League game with Villarreal.
It leaves a major hole in defence with Victor Lindelof filling in alongside Raphael Varane in midweek.
“It’s his calf and that might take a few weeks so let’s see how quickly he recovers,” said Solskjaer.
United face Everton on Saturday but then have a two week break due to the last round of international games, which should prove to their advantage as Maguire aims to recover.
Expected return date: 2-3 weeks
The left-back was another casualty from the Villa loss and also missed the European game in midweek.
Solskjaer said before the Villarreal game: “Luke hasn’t trained so there’s no chance. Let’s see how long he’s out for.”
There is a slight chance the Englishman could make this weekend’s clash with Everton, but it appears unlikely due to his lack of training.
Gareth Southgate has named Shaw in his England squad for the upcoming qualifiers vs Hungary and Andorra.
That would suggest the left-back is fit enough to potentially play some part in the coming weeks.
Expected return date: Potentially this weekend
The United forward is yet to play this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a shoulder injury.
Solskjaer confirmed that the 23-year-old is set to return after the October international break.
Rashford is back at Carrington as he ramps up his rehabilitation programme.
He posted a picture of himself training on Instagram this week with the caption: “Stepping it up one day at a time…”
Last year Solskjaer was challenged on his use of Rashford, who was almost an ever present for United but dismissed any such fears of burnout.
Expected return date: October
The exciting young forward has seen the early part of his United career hampered by injuries.
He arrived in January from Atalanta and scored in the Europa League against AC Milan at Old Trafford.
A loan move beckoned to further his development but injury put pay to that but he looks to be on the same recovery timeline as Rashford.
Solskjaer said after the September international break: “[Amad is] still injured, still out for about a month.
“So maybe after the next international break, he will be available for us which is great for us. It was bad timing for him to get that injury,” the Norwegian explained.
“But he’s working really hard, and the kid is going to be a good one.”
Expected return date: October