Habeeb Ogunneye promoted to Manchester United first team to ease injury crisis | Football

Habeeb Ogunneye was on the bench against Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has promoted Habeeb Ogunneye to Manchester United’s first team in order to ease the club’s growing injury crisis.

Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all currently unavailble.

Victor Lindelof partnered Raphael Varane during United’s win against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, with the Frenchman passing a late fitness test to play.

Jonny Evans, who came off the bench, was also a major doubt for the match.

Ogunneye, 18, was on the bench at the Forest Ground.

Ogunneye has been training with the first team (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Ogunneye has been training with the first team (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The teenager, who is predominantly a right-back, was called into the squad as an emergency and he’s been training with the first team in the last week.

United face Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.

Ten Hag hopes to have Maguire back from injury but Bruno Fernandes could be a doubt after leaving the Forest Ground with a major limp.

The Portuguese midfielder passed a late fitness test to play against Forest but he took a knock in the second half.

The Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to Fulham last Saturday leaves them eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa in the league table.

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