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Manchester United handed triple injury boost?

Manchester United handed triple injury boost?

Manchester United trio Marcus Rashford, Donny van de Beek and Luke Shaw have all reported back to training ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sheriff Tiraspol.

Speculations recently circulated after Rashford was not seen training with the first-team squad on Monday, amid suggestions he has sustained an injury.

The 24-year-old was a standout performer in United’s 3-1 Premier League win over Arsenal, scoring twice and setting up the other for debutant Antony at Old Trafford.

Rashford was then not involved in United’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to Real Sociedad last week, but the forward has been spotted arriving at the club’s Carrington training complex on Tuesday.

The England international has made a bright start to the new campaign and has already scored three times in six appearances, just two less than his total for the entirety of last season.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford pictured on July 11, 2022© Reuters

Manager Erik ten Hag believes Rashford’s “happiness” is a major factor behind his upturn in form this season.

Speaking to reporters last week, via the Daily Mirror, the Dutchman said, “I see a happy Marcus Rashford, I see some phases in his game that we could improve and we worked really hard the last two and a half months with him on different aspects and he likes it and he wants to transfer it to the pitch and that’s what you see in this moment.

“It starts with happiness, he really is coming in every day, enjoys it, he’s really smiling, a positive vibe and if you want to stick together a way of play and transfer different aspects of your game and are happy, you will bring more of a contribution to the team, to the performance, to the result and also to the development.”

Along with Rashford, Van de Beek and Shaw have also been seen returning to Carrington on Tuesday, which provides a major boost for Ten Hag as he prepares his squad this week for their final game before the international break.

Donny van de Beek in action for Manchester United on August 13, 2022© Reuters

Van de Beek has missed the last two matches due to a knock, but he could be in contention to feature on Thursday and will push to make his first start of the season.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has struggled to break into Ten Hag’s starting lineup so far this term, and has made only three cameo appearances off the substitutes’ bench in their opening three Premier League games.

As for Shaw, the left-back has been struggling with a foot injury in recent weeks, although he did return to the matchday squad for the victory over Arsenal.

The 27-year-old England international has not featured for the Red Devils since he was brought off at half time in the 4-0 defeat at Brentford last month, and he is unlikely to be thrown straight into the first XI against Sheriff ahead of Tyrell Malacia.

Elsewhere, forward Anthony Martial is expected to miss out again on Thursday as he continues to recover from an Achilles problem.

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