Luke Shaw in contention to face Nottingham Forest. Manchester Joined fullback Luke Shaw could have returned to confront Nottingham Woods, having missed the last two games through injury; Erik ten Hag has explained why Bruno Fernandes and Antony were brought in as substitutes during the Europa League’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla. With Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay both in contention to face Nottingham Forest live on Super Sunday, Manchester United has received a timely boost.
Luke Shaw in contention to face Nottingham Forest
Shaw has missed the beyond two games with an unknown physical issue. Yet, the Britain fullback is supposed to prepare before the outing to the City Ground to facilitate Joined’s physical issue emergency.
United manager Erik ten Hag responded, “When asked for an update on Shaw and McTominay, who was also absent from the dramatic 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Thursday in the Europa League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford: “
Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay may be available for Sunday.
“We have to wait and see. We have two or three sessions to go. I don’t know right now, but it could be that Scott and Luke return to the squad, but I’m not sure.”
Ten Hag still awaits information regarding Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez’s fitness as United prepares for their Premier League match against Forest on Sunday. Varane left the game against Sevilla at the half, and Martinez was carried off on a stretcher toward the end after pulling up with his right ankle.
Varane left the match against Sevilla at the half, and Martinez was carried off on a stretcher toward the end of the game after pulling up with his right ankle.
Asked if he could provide an update on the pair, Ten Hag shook his head and said: “Sorry, no. It’s not even 24 hours, so I don’t have a complete diagnosis, so I can’t tell now.”
When reports that Martinez had broken a metatarsal were put to the United boss, Ten Hag said: “I can’t know now.
“When we have news, we will give it straight to you. But let’s do the medical, do the assessment, fully diagnose, complete diagnose and then we will provide the news.
“It doesn’t change at this moment. I have an idea [what it is], but I don’t cause speculation.”
Ten Hag is confident Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof can fill the breach.
“I have a lot [of faith],” the United boss said. “I think I have decent center-halves, and they proved that in the past, and they have proved this season. We have four or five perfect center halves who can do the job.”
Ten Witch was again approached to make sense of his thinking behind subbing both Bruno Fernandes and Antony during the second time frame against Sevilla, with Joined in a place of control.
A harsh decision by the match official resulted in Fernandes being booked for an unintentional handball earlier in half, resulting in a one-game competition suspension.
After receiving his warning, Antony was also on the edge of his seat when he got into a running battle with Sevilla fullback Marcos Acuna.
Ten Hag explained: “Bruno threw the ball away, and I felt he would be off the next time. A player for Sevilla was booked for this in the first half, so the referee saved him.
“Antony was getting involved in an individual battle which wasn’t necessary. He was heating his opponent [Acuna], so you risk being sent off.
“From where I’m from, this is called looking the cow in the a**e. It is easy to look at things after the event.
“When he got sent off, you will ask, ‘Why didn’t you take him off? Why did you run the risk?'”
Man Utd’s remaining fixtures
- April 16: Nottingham Forest (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30 pm, live
- April 20: Sevilla (A) – Europa League, kick-off 8 pm
- April 22: Brighton (N) – FA Cup semi-final, kick-off at 3 pm
- April 27: Tottenham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8:15 pm
- April 30: Aston Villa (H) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm
- Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8 pm, live
- May 7: West Ham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7 pm
- May 13: Wolves (H) – Premier League, kick-off at 3 pm
- May 20: Bournemouth (A) – Premier League, kick-off at 3 pm
- May 28: Fulham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30 pm
- TBA: Chelsea (H) – Premier League