Ten Hag's team news for Hammers test

Friday 22 December 2023 12:30

Erik ten Hag has discussed Manchester United's squad situation, in advance of Saturday's lunchtime clash with West Ham United in the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes is back from suspension after the skipper served a one-match ban last weekend, missing the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

However, right-back Diogo Dalot is now absent for a game, following his late red card on Merseyside for dissent.

Centre-backs Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are all still out, as are Casemiro and Mason Mount, with the midfield pair not expected back until next month.

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"We have some doubts, we have some illnesses during the week, so we have to see who is available for tomorrow," Ten Hag admitted in his pre-match press conference at Carrington. "Hopefully, they are recovered but we have to see.

"They [Martinez and Casemiro] are not available before Christmas. Mid-January, we expect them back.

"Mason Mount is similar, into January. Harry Maguire, I expect him early on [in the new year]. Victor Lindelof is not available. He has done surgery so he will be out for a couple of weeks."

Christian Eriksen has been training, though, as he bids to stage his comeback.


Michail Antonio is making progress in recovering from a knee injury but the powerful striker may not be available in time for the weekend encounter.

"Mick's improving," said David Moyes. "He's on the grass. He's doing some running, so he's improving." 

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Moyes faced criticism in some quarters for rotating his squad for the 5-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Liverpool, but hopes Nayef Aguerd is back from illness.

"Mentally, it's a big ask again for the players but we'll be up for the game, ready to play and, hopefully, put in a good performance," he continued at his press conference.

"Aaron Cresswell was sick before we went up [to Merseyside] but he improved a little bit and we took him up with his. Nayef Aguerd, I've seen today. He's looking a bit better but I don't know if he's completely better. Even after the game, we had a few players again feeling unwell, so they'll need to be monitored over the next couple of days."