Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the Luton game through injury while midfielder Casemiro is out until Christmas through injury and Jadon Sancho remains unavailable for selection due to his fall-out with Ten Hag.
This was another difficult afternoon in front of the net for United’s goal shy attackers, with the team indebted to a defender, Lindelof, for securing only their second league win in their past five outings at Old Trafford ahead of the international break.
Luton failed to clear a corner, allowing Mason Mount to find Marcus Rashford. His cross bounced off Scott McTominay into the path of Lindelof to rifle the ball into the roof of the net.
Rashford, Hojlund, Garnacho, Antony, Sancho and Anthony Martial have just one league goal between them this season and it was easy to see why watching this.
Hojlund was denied at point blank range by a superb save from Thomas Kaminski in the 10th minute when he volleyed Rashford’s cross towards goal with his left thigh from a few yards out.
Garnacho should have done far better when sent through by Hojlund but took too long to get his shot off and was tackled by Issa Kabore after trying to round Kaminski.
Before then, Luton almost took the lead when Carlton Morris drifted between Maguire and Lindelof and met Marvelous Nakamba’s cross with a firm header that was plucked out of the bottom corner by Andre Onana.
It was a warning for United but they continued to make life difficult for themselves in the second half and were unable to put the game to bed after Lindelof’s goal.
Rashford endured another forgettable afternoon in front of goal, his lack of confidence plain to see when Antony played him in only for the England striker to shoot straight at Kaminski.
Before kick-off, supporters from the 1958 fans’ group had staged a low key protest against the Glazers behind the Stretford End.