Manchester United struck by illness bug with Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay missing out against Nottingham Forest


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    Luke Shaw starts at centre-half on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty)

    Manchester United have been hit by an illness bug with Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof among those missing out against Nottingham Forest.

    Erik ten Hag has picked Luke Shaw at centre-half in a makeshift back four for Tuesday’s clash at Old Trafford, partnering Raphael Varane who starts just nine days on from starting in the World Cup final.

    Harry Maguire is back among the subs after struggling with his own bout of illness believed to have been picked up while away with England.

    The club captain reportedly made the decision to make himself available for the visit of Forest but with Lisandro Martinez still away following Argentina’s World Cup success, it leaves the manager short of options at the back.

    United have confirmed illness in the camp has ruled out Lindelof and McTominay with Casemiro, who dropped into defence against Burnley last week, returning to his regular midfield role.

    ‘Harry made it but he was not fit to start and that is why he is on the bench.So we have to be a bit creative,’ ten Hag told Amazon Prime ahead of kick-off.

    ‘Yesterday we took the decision but we were then waiting overnight to see who could recover.

    Manchester United
    ten Hag has a number of selection headaches (Picture: Getty)

    ‘But the only one who was definitely much better than yesterday was Harry. So the other two were unavailable.’

    Diogo Dalot meanwhile is also unavailable with the Portugal international still recovering from an injury suffered while on World Cup duty in Qatar.

    Varane’s availability will serve as a major boost however.

    The France international limped off in extra time after that exhausting clash against Argentina with ten Hag revealing the player has insisted he is ready to come straight back into the side.

    ‘I had a talk with him [Varane] yesterday, Raphaël takes responsibility and that is why he is so successful, winning so many trophies and he is so important to the squad,’ ten Hag said.

    ‘He said “I am ready, play me”.’

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