Erik ten Hag

Ten Hag's team news before Victory friendly

Thursday 14 July 2022 04:05

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In Thursday's press conference, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag provided an update on Harry Maguire ahead of Friday's game against Melbourne Victory.

The clash with the A-League side is United's second test of Tour 2022, following the marvellous 4-0 victory over Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Captain and centre-back Maguire missed that game due to a knock, with Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Alex Telles all getting minutes in central defence instead.

Maguire trained with the rest of the group during our first Melbourne session at AAMI Park after landing on Wednesday and Ten Hag confirmed he is in contention to return, potentially for 45 minutes.

Training update from Melbourne


The Reds have had a first light session in Australia after moving to the second leg of Tour 2022.

“He is tomorrow available,” said Erik. “We will see [how long for]. I think he can play half a game.”

United gave minutes to 22 of the squad in the win over Jurgen Klopp's side and the Victory fixture could be a good opportunity for the unused substitutes from that game to play, with youngsters like Ethan Laird, Hannibal and Alejandro Garnacho no doubt chomping at the bit to prove themselves on this trip.

“We are full capacity, we have a strong squad so the fans will be happy,” Ten Hag added.

In terms of our opponents, all the attention will be on former United winger Nani, and whether or not he will be able to feature.

The 35-year-old's transfer to Victory was announced on Friday and he has already trained with his new team-mates.


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MUTV, United App and viewers will also have access to the short and extended match highlights before anyone else, as well as the full match replay. So what are you waiting for? Visit MUTV now.

*MUTV live coverage not available in Australia due to domestic broadcast rights.

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