Ten Hag's team news update before Palace

Friday 03 February 2023 11:15

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided an update on Marcel Sabitzer's availability, in advance of Saturday's 15:00 GMT kick-off against Crystal Palace.

The Reds are out to make it 13 wins on the trot at Old Trafford, but the Eagles showed in our previous encounter last month, a 1-1 draw, how capable they are of making life extremely difficult.

Ten Hag has confirmed our new loan signing from Bayern Munich, Sabitzer, will be in the matchday squad, which is a boost given midfielders Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen are all currently injured. 

Diogo Dalot has resumed training, while Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial both appeared as substitutes in the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest, with Martial scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 win.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is ineligible as he is currently on loan from the south Londoners.

When asked how Sabitzer has adapted already, the boss said: "Very good. Of course, he did only one session but you can see he's a very fit player. I didn't have a different expectation. He's coming from Bayern Munich. German [clubs] they are always [about] fitness, [it's] always good. So, he is [fit]. So, I think he is ready to play.

"I think he's a really smart player. I think we gave him some guidance but I think he knows what to do, he knows the job, so he could do [start]."

We await any confirmation on Dalot and McTominay's availability but the manager had suggested it was likely Scott would not be back in time.


Patrick Vieira has still to provide an update, but Wilfried Zaha and Joachim Andersen could still be out. However, there is the possibility of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Naouirou Ahamada both making their debuts after joining ahead of the transfer deadline, from Arsenal and Stuttgart, respectively.

Eberechi Eze could operate further forward, with Michael Olise – whose free-kick earned Palace that 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park – also capable of providing a real attacking threat.

James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson have been out of action.