By Pranav Shahaney

18th Sep, 2021 | 12:10pm

David Moyes rules Arthur Masuaku out for Manchester United game

West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku is not ready to feature against Manchester United on Sunday, according to David Moyes.

The Hammers boss has been without the left-back’s services for several months, but he has shown good signs of returning to full fitness, playing regularly for the Under-23s.

He also came on as a late substitute against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.

However, Moyes does not see him playing any part in the game against the Manchester outfit.

When quizzed about the 27-year-old’s condition, the Scot said, via the club’s official website, “You can see that Arthur Masuaku has got a bit to go regarding getting back his sharpness, but we’re trying to bring him back and get him as ready as we can.

“Is he completely ready? Probably not, but he’s on the way to getting ready.”

Getting there

The Hammers did not sign a left-back this summer so Masuaku is set to be their second choice, at least until the January transfer window.

Despite his long-term injury, Moyes has faith in him to return to full fitness and put in a shift when needed for the Hammers.

That said, another injury setback could see the patience run thin among the West Ham hierarchy.

Aaron Cresswell is already on the wrong side of 30 and does not have too long left before he calls it a day or has to be eased out of the first team.

It may be wise for the Hammers to narrow in on a replacement either in January or next summer as it’s a position that certainly needs addressing.

We’re looking forward to seeing Masuaku’s return to the Premier League, but that will not be happening this weekend.

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