The Red Devils inaugurated the new season with a 1-0 triumph over Wolves, secured by a Raphael Varane header. Nonetheless, the victory was far from decisive, as Wolves maintained dominance for substantial stretches of the match. Post the game, the PGMOL confirmed that Gary O'Neil's team should have been granted a penalty in the dying moments of extra time.
Rasmus Hojlund, a recent addition to the team, was unavailable due to an injury incurred during his pre-season with Atalanta. An update from the club regarding his recuperation was released, indicating that his involvement in Saturday's game against Tottenham appears unlikely. The club's official statement conveyed, "Rasmus Hojlund is diligently working towards his debut following his move from Atalanta, but Saturday's match seems to have arrived too early for his return."
Erik ten Hag provided a more positive update on Lisandro Martinez, who exited the game at half-time against Wolves due to a suspected injury. In response to inquiries about Martinez's availability, Ten Hag stated during a pre-match press conference, "He participated in training [on Thursday], so I believe he will be available."
Other absentees are anticipated to include young talents Amad Diallo and Kobbie Mainoo, both nursing injuries from United's pre-season tour of the United States. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton will also be sidelined for the initial weeks of the campaign, although Dean Henderson, fit enough to be on the bench against Wolves, has deputized for Andre Onana.
Furthermore, Anthony Martial is at Ten Hag's disposal as an alternative to Marcus Rashford in the forward position. United also engaged in an undisclosed friendly match against Everton on Tuesday to enhance match fitness, a decision lauded by Ten Hag as "extremely beneficial."
He remarked, "At the commencement of the season, it is highly advantageous to grant players substantial playing time. It allows them to transition back to the rhythm of 90-minute matches following the comparatively shorter pre-season of four to five weeks."
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