Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that he will be without four key players for Thursday’s Europa League group stage clash against Omonia.
The Red Devils have recently picked up back-to-back wins across all competitions but on both occasions, they found themselves trailing during the opening half.
Ten Hag will want a better response against Omonia at Old Trafford, but ahead of the game, he is assured to be without four main players including Anthony Martial.
Martial suffered a hip problem in the recent 2-1 league win at Everton. The Frenchman grabbed an early assist but was substituted before the 30th-minute mark.
Ten Hag has now confirmed that he has not returned to training, but the attacker could be involved when the Red Devils entertain Newcastle United this weekend.
Aside from Martial, Harry Maguire has been ruled out with his muscle injury while Donny van de Beek (muscular) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (unknown) are also out for a longer term.
He said via Manchester Evening News: “Not today [Martial training], we will see how it develops for Sunday. Harry is out. And longer-term Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.”
United need to find momentum ahead of key fixtures
United were in a superb run of form before the international break, but they looked out of sorts in the Manchester derby. They were convincingly beaten 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium.
The players have since responded with back-to-back victories, but they were trailing 1-0 in both games. Ten Hag will want a more solid performance tomorrow coupled with a clean sheet.
On paper, United should comfortably beat Omonia, but they made hard work of last week’s visit. A couple of defensive errors combined with poor finishing led to a slender 3-2 victory.
Ten Hag has now spoken about the need to finish top of the Europa League group and we won’t be surprised if he picks a strong starting line-up despite the hectic schedule this month.
A few of the regulars may be rested, but there may not be wholesale changes. United need to gain momentum ahead of tricky fixtures against Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
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