Ten Hag explains team for Palace clash

Saturday 04 February 2023 14:00

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has explained his team selection for Crystal Palace's visit to Old Trafford.

The boss has made two changes to the starting XI that booked our place at Wembley with victory in the Carabao Cup semi-final over Nottingham Forest.

David De Gea returns in goal, having been rested in midweek, while Marcus Rashford is in from the off, after being deployed as a substitute against Forest. Our Player of the Month for December and January will no doubt be looking to add to his tally of 18 strikes for the season so far.

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Meanwhile, Marcel Sabitzer, who has been included in a United squad for the first time following his loan signing in the January transfer window, is named on the bench.

However, after Anthony Martial returned to the squad last time out, the manager has revealed that he’s not 100 per cent and isn’t included today.

Speaking to MUTV, Ten Hag said: “He [Martial] had a setback from the game when he returned. He thought he could build up, but he dropped a little bit back. We have to wait, we have to be patient and not force it.”

On the inclusions of Sabitzer and Jadon Sancho on the bench, the boss confirmed that both are ready to be involved in the action. 

“Otherwise they would not be in the squad," he said. "They are ready to play. They could start as well but we have made a selection. I think we have a good team today with Rashy back and De Gea back.

“But we know what to do because we dropped some points in our last two games in the Premier League. You can’t get them back, but we have to learn the lessons. We dropped them in the last minutes, so we need a better performance. We need more intensity and we have to keep going to the 90 minutes.”


De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes (c), Rashford, Weghorst.

Substitutes: Heaton, Lidelof, Maguire, Malacia, Sabitzer, Dalot, Sancho, Garnacho, Mainoo.

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Clyne, Guéhi, Richards, Ward; Doucouré Hughes; Schlupp, Olise, Edouard; Ayew.

Substitutes: Johnstone, Whitworth, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Ahamada, Lokonga, Eze, Mateta.