Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, two Manchester United defenders, are expected to miss at least the team’s next two games.
Both Martinez and Varane participated in the stunning victory that Argentina achieved over France in the World Cup final on Sunday after the score was tied 3-3 after extra time.
The two defenders, who have served as Manchester United’s favoured central defensive pairing at Old Trafford this season, are not anticipated to return until next week.
Martinez and Varane had already been ruled out of the club’s Carabao Cup round of 16 encounter against Burnley on Wednesday, but they are now also anticipated to be sidelined for the team’s return to Premier League action on December 27 against Nottingham Forest.
When United plays Wolves at Molineux on New Year’s Eve, they might be able to resume their first-team responsibilities.
On the other hand, Harry Maguire, the target of criticism, is anticipated to start for Manchester United.
Harry Maguire, a player for England, has a chance to win over United boss Erik ten Hag while they are absent.
After performing well for England at the World Cup, Maguire will be hoping to reclaim his spot in United’s starting lineup.
Alongside Victor Lindelof, he is anticipated to start at center back for the Red Devils against Burnley.
In an effort to not risk the threat of Manchester United’s World Cup players experiencing any mental hangover after the tournament, according to The Telegraph, Ten Hag is reportedly working with a group of specialized mind coaches.
In an effort to quickly reintegrate players with local football following the World Cup, Ten Hag has hired Dutch firm Talent Academy Group (TAG).
Rainier Koers, a senior performance coach with TAG, reportedly attended United’s winter training camp in Spain earlier this month to get acquainted with the group.
To acquire a competitive edge over the winter break, Ten Hag is alleged to have engaged “executives and experts from Tour de France cycling teams for guidance on optimal sleep habits and diet.”
United has played one fewer game than fourth-place Tottenham and is currently fifth in the Premier League, three points below the top four.