In a significant development for Manchester United, head coach Erik ten Hag has announced that Danish international Rasmus Hojlund is set to be included in the squad for the upcoming Premier League fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Hojlund, who transitioned to the English giants from Atalanta BC just last month, has been on the sidelines owing to a persistent back issue. However, after actively participating in team training sessions this week, the midfielder has been declared fit to start. “Yes (he’s available). So he had a good training week, so tomorrow we have final training but he’s doing well, he’s responded well. So he will be available for Sunday’s game,” Ten Hag affirmed during Friday’s press conference. When probed further about Hojlund’s readiness to start, the Dutch manager stated, “I think he can, he’s ready to start.”
This comes as uplifting news for the Red Devils, who have had a promising start to their 2023-24 Premier League season, notching up two wins in their first three matches.
The club’s gaffer also confirmed the inclusion of Altay Bayindir, a newly-acquired goalkeeper from Fenerbahce. “He will be in the squad as well, yeah, so happy, now we have to keep the group, again it’s fully there, we’ve covered every position and we have a very good arrival in Altay,” Ten Hag articulated. “We followed him, scouted him very intensely, he has the skills to fit in, fit in Manchester United and English football, really clear, we signed him. We are confident he will make a lot of progress in the coming years and he will be a huge contribution to our game.”
In addition, Ten Hag confirmed that the loan arrangement for Tottenham Hotspur’s Sergio Reguilon is now final, with the Spanish defender already participating in training sessions. “He is here, he trained. He’s a very experienced player, played for big clubs, already played a lot of La Liga and Premier League games, he has a very good background, he can play very intense football, we are happy,” he mentioned, addressing the defender’s suitability given injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
As the transfer deadline looms, the club is also reportedly on the cusp of wrapping up a loan deal for Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, rounding off what looks to be a bustling period of transfer activity for the Manchester outfit.