Manchester United think Teden Mengi’s injury ‘is not as bad’ as what was feared when the player was taken off on a stretcher last week. Mengi, 20, sustained an injury in the first-half of United’s friendly against Real Betis in Spain, which forced him to go down to the ground and hold his hamstring, and he looked visibly in discomfort before being taken off the pitch. The centre-back only returned from injury in October and the injury he sustained against Betis was yet another setback. ALSO READ: Erik ten Hag will love what Zidane Iqbal did during United’s U21s defeat vs Bolton It’s understood Mengi was set to leave the club on loan in January but the injury has now halted his plans for the transfer window. United academy coach Travis Binnion was asked about Mengi after the Under-21s’ match against Bolton on Tuesday night and he said the injury doesn’t seem as bad ‘as feared’, although he was unable to provide an exact diagnosis at this stage. “I haven’t got an update [diagnosis] on that,” Binnion told the Manchester Evening News. “I don’t think it’s as bad as maybe what was first feared, or what it looked like, so that’s a positive. He’s had a couple of injuries before, so he knows what he’s got to do. “He’s got the mental strength to deal with it and come back from it, so he’ll be fine, but it’s disappointing for him.” Mengi has enjoyed loan spells with Derby and Birmingham City but it seems he’ll miss the chance to leave again in January READ NEXT: Last chance to vote for your United player of the year Binnion names best position for ‘fearless’ Iqbal Hannibal issues loan update as United consider recalling players Ten Hag sends message to Maguire over United future All the United news and views Story SavedYou can find this story in My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.