Ten Hag explains team selection

Tuesday 03 January 2023 19:20

Erik ten Hag has selected his Manchester United side to take on Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

The Reds' first game of the new year is against the Cherries, with Ten Hag's side looking to maintain an impressive run of three straight wins in all competitions since the restart.

The boss makes four changes from the XI that recorded a 1-0 victory at Wolves on Saturday.

Ten Hag on changes, Martinez and Antony Video

Ten Hag on changes, Martinez and Antony

Erik ten Hag explains his four changes and why Antony is absent from the squad against Bournemouth...

The central defensive pairing is rejigged with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire reunited alongside each other, and Luke Shaw reverting to his familiar left-back role.

Bruno Fernandes could operate a little wider to accommodate Donny van de Beek and Marcus Rashford returns following his winner at Molineux.

Diogo Dalot, Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay are all available again and named among the substitutes.

Ten Hag has explained that Antony is out due to an unspecified injury, while Raphael Varane is afforded a rest with the rotation at the back.

"Varane has played a lot of games and we know we have to manage him," said the boss. "He is a leader so he is important for us."

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Fernandes, van de Beek, Rashford; Martial.

Substitutes: Heaton, Dalot, Malacia, Martinez, Varane, Fred, McTominay, Elanga, Garnacho.