Man Utd injuries: Ten Hag on Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Garnacho | Football

Manchester United had to make several enforced changes against Brentford (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is unsure of the severity of the problems picked up by Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane against Brentford, while he has allayed fears over Alejandro Garnacho.

The Red Devils gave a very lacklustre performance on Saturday evening, conceding a host of chances, but looked to have claimed a late, scarcely deserved winner when substitute Mason Mount struck in added time.

But, with their 31st shot of a game they had dominated, Brentford finally managed to find the back of the net in the 99th minute through Kristoffer Ajer to secure a 1-1 draw.

United had to reshuffle their back-line twice in the match, with Varane replaced by Harry Maguire at half-time and Lindelof forced off in the 69th minute, with Lisandro Martinez making his return from injury in his place.

There were also a few concerns over Garnacho, with the Argentine heading straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Antony on the hour-mark.

Ten Hag has now revealed that Varane’s withdrawal was only precautionary while Garnacho has no issues, but Lindelof will need to be assessed ahead of a crunch week of games.

Asked for an update on the injuries Lindelof and Varane sustained, Ten Hag replied at his post-match press conference: ‘I can’t tell right now.

Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho against Brentford

Garnacho struggled to impact the match against Brentford (Picture: Getty)

‘But Rapha we took off as a precaution at half-time and Victor he came off but we have to assess him tomorrow.’

Probed on whether Garnacho is okay after he went straight down the tunnel, Ten Hag added: ‘He is okay. Of course, he had a heavy trip [with the Argentina team] but he’s okay.’

United have a challenging week ahead of them, travelling to Stamford Bridge on Thursday to face Chelsea before Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

Ten Hag was far from happy with his side’s performance against Brentford, though felt the international break – and lack of preparation time – was a contributing factor.

‘We know after the international break that there will always be [times] where the level is not as high than before because they are out of the rhythm,’ he told MUTV.

‘They are going to different nations, different systems, they always need at minimum one half to get back into our system, our way of play.

‘But still when we don’t play so good, we have to win and we almost won and that for me is what disappoints me the most.’

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