The quandary is United’s Reserves, depleted all season, have their own injuries to contend with. Scott McTominay’s surprise call-up on Sunday was possibly due to injuries suffered by Matty Willock – on the bench against West Brom a month ago – and fellow midfielder Devonte Redmond.
Joe Riley, loaned to Sheffield United in January, has played for the seniors twice yet has not played since February and is not expected to feature again this season.
On the United website’s Reserves players’ section, the only fit footballers are McTominay, Demetri Mitchell, Tosin Kehinde, Charlie Scott, Regan Poole, Matthew Olosunde and goalkeepers Dean Henderson and Kieran O’Hara.
Overall, at first-team, reserve and youth level, United currently have 18 injuries.
First team injuries
Phil Jones (broken toe)
Chris Smalling (knee)
Marcos Rojo (anterior cruciate ligament)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (anterior cruciate ligament)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (shoulder)
Luke Shaw (unknown)
Eric Bailly (ankle)
James Wilson (anterior cruciate ligament)
Joe Riley (shoulder)
Devonte Redmond (unknown)
Matty Willock (unknown)
RoShaun Williams (unknown)
Youth team injuries
Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui (unknown)
Tahith Chong (knee)
Lee O’Connor (ankle)
DJ Buffonge (unknown)