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Wolves vs Manchester United: Which United players could return for the crucial Premier League clash?

Manchester United supporters will be keen to see their team go on a good run in the second half of the season after watching their side produce below-par performances till now. United had an underwhelming first half of the campaign, which has already seen them get knocked out of two cup competitions. The Red Devils are out of the Carabao Cup and Champions League. Besides, they are far behind in the Premier League top-four race.

After enjoying a mini-winter break, Manchester United resumed action at the weekend with a much-needed win in the FA Cup against Newport County. However, the upcoming challenge against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League will be a lot tougher. One good is that quite a few of their injured players have either returned or on the verge of returning. Providing a squad update, Erik ten Hag told the club media, “We have some players back. We have seen on Sunday, returning [were] Licha Martinez, Luke Shaw, Casemiro, which is very good.”

Good thing is we have a strong squad: Erik ten Hag

He added: “Also, Victor Lindelof is back into training, team training, and others, like Tyrell Malacia and Mason Mount, they are on the grass. Not ready but I don’t think it takes long. The good thing is we have a strong squad and can now pick. That is the difference with many games in the autumn, in 2023, in the period we had only 11 or 12 players. That was a challenge, every time, to put 11 players on the pitch, but now we can pick a team.”

Erik ten Hag feels that at their best, they are capable of beating any side and that the returning players will only make the team stronger. “I think we are quite confident because on our best days, we can beat anyone. But on our worst days, we go down to certain limits of what is not acceptable, so we have to push our limits to higher levels. So that, on our worst days, we still get our results in. Then we know that, at our best, we can beat anyone and everyone in the squad is very convinced about this. Also, they know that, with players coming back and returning from injury, from long-term injuries, the team will be stronger and also that helps the motivation and it helps the mood and the spirit in the team.”

The manager wants to approach every match from now on as a final. He also feels confident that the returning players had a good “build-up” before going into the Wolves game. “Every game we have to see as a final. Every game we have to get the best out of it and this team has so much experience, they know that. I am quite positive that we now have our players back, although some need minutes and match rhythm, but I think the line into this game is good. We had a [behind-closed-doors] friendly game, a cup game and now you go into a Premier League game, so the build-up for those players [is good]. We now have to make the next step as a team and also help some individuals get back to their best form,” he added.

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