Harry Maguire has joined Manchester United’s lengthening injury list ahead of their Champions League group stage opener against Bayern Munich.
Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and new signing Sofyan Amrabat are among United’s casualties with Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining them this week after suffering a hamstring injury late on against Brighton.
Youngers Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo are also among those unavailable along with back-up goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
It had been hoped Varane and Mount might recover in time for the meeting with the German giants at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night but the pair were not included in United’s travelling squad.
Maguire has also not made the journey with the club confirming he is also carrying a knock.
United travel with Jonny Evans as their only fit centre-half behind first-team pairing Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof.
Hannibal Mejbri, who came off the bench to score against Brighton on Saturday, is also in the travelling squad along with fellow youngsters Dan Gore and Omari Forson making the trip.
Maguire has not started any of United’s opening five games of the Premier League season, coming off the bench late on in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.
West Ham United failed in their attempts to sign the England international who remains down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag with Lindelof preferred in the absence of Varane.
United have collected just six points from their opening five games and shipped six goals in their last two – far from ideal preparation heading to the home of the German champions.
But Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel insists United’s recent results are not a true indication of the threat posed by ten Hag’s side.
‘We can never be sure about Manchester United and we need to control the game,’ Tuchel said. ‘They can be very dangerous,’ he said. ‘They have really good transition game with Rasmus Hojlund and have lots of speed so me must be alert and can’t ever switch off.
‘I know the start, as far as points are concerned, hasn’t been great but they had good spells against Brighton [on Saturday]. Brighton are always difficult to play against and only a few teams do a good job against them. United have dangerous, high individual quality in transition situations.’
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