Erik ten Hag confirms Man Utd have suffered fresh injury ahead of Everton

 
Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 03, 2024 in Manchester, England. 

Erik ten Hag has given a detailed injury update ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton on Saturday.

Manchester United were without eight players for last week's Manchester derby, while Marcus Rashford and Jonny Evans had to be replaced with knocks in the second half. While Ten Hag confirmed the duo will be available for the weekend, there was an update on a fresh injury ahead of the the Everton clash.


"That’s the good the news, they [Evans and Rashford] recovered after the derby and they are available. For the rest, it’s the same squad [against Everton] apart from Omari Forson. He dropped out, he has an injury," said the United boss.


Ten Hag also revealed none of the eight players who missed the defeat to Manchester City will be back this weekend, but said several could be available for the FA Cup clash against Liverpool on 17 March.

"For next week, I think some players are planning to return," he said. "Hopefully when the process will continue like it is now, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka I expect them to be available for our game against Liverpool. [Rasmus] Hojlund similar. Mason Mount, I think he is in a good spell now and he will return shortly, I think after the international break."

Speaking in Friday's press conference, Ten Hag said the quantity of injuries is having an impact on the team. "The project is going in the right direction when we have the players available.
"Top football is about winning games, we know that. We are working, we keep working on better performance. We want to play to our maximum levels and we will have to do it with the players who are available, good players, in key positions you miss players who have a very high impact on the way we want to play.

"No team can't deal with so many injuries," he added. "I think we are playing to our maximum levels if you take in respect the availability of the players.

When you miss so many key players over the part of the season, then the results and performances will not be when the players are not available.

"We have seen when the players are available in January and February, our performances were very good. I think from that moment when the players were not even fit they could do even better."

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