Ten Hag reveals team news for Wednesday

Tuesday 14 May 2024 12:15

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided a key update on his squad ahead of Wednesday's final Old Trafford clash of 2023/24, against Newcastle United.

The Reds are in must-win territory, if we are to qualify for European competition via our league position, while the Magpies, who, along with Chelsea, sit three points above Ten Hag's men in the table, know a victory would ensure they finish ahead of us for the first time in Premier League history.

Even a home win for United would only bring us level on points with the north-east side, with a much inferior goal difference, but we could still hope for a chance to overtake them on the last day.

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The good news is Lisandro Martinez looks set to be available, as the Argentina international hopes to play for the first time since the draw at Brentford in March.

This would increase our options at the heart of the defence but Raphael Varane is still absent, although the centre-back, who has announced he is leaving the club in the summer, could return for Sunday's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day.

Checks need to be made on Willy Kambwala, skipper Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford to see if they can make the matchday squad for the 20:00 BST kick-off.

When asked if he expects to have any players back for the Magpies' visit, Ten Hag replied: "Very good question. Licha Martinez, I think he will return in the squad. He has now [had] some sessions with us and we plan for him to be available.

"This afternoon, [if] everything goes right in the training, he will return in the squad. For some other players, we have to see. Rashford, Bruno, Willy Kambwala, if they are fit enough."

Varane is out but revealed he is set to say his farewells to Old Trafford, as he aims to prove his fitness before the season draws to a close.

"We plan [for] him," admitted the boss. "Definitely for the last games. Not tomorrow but we hope for Sunday and then, of course, for the last game [the Emirates FA Cup final against Manchester City]."


Manager Eddie Howe is sweating over the fitness of strikers Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson. Both have been ill and top scorer Isak, who started the weekend draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, is still rated as a doubt.

Nick Pope could return in goal, after being on the bench, although Martin Dubravka will be hoping to face his former club after spending time on loan at Old Trafford last season.

Influential defender Fabian Schar is close to a comeback, and may feature, while full-back Kieran Trippier is set to start after appearing as a substitute on Saturday.

"Alex didn't train yesterday," said Howe at his pre-match press conference. "We will see if he trains today. He wasn't feeling 100 per cent [against Brighton], I think you could see that. We knew on Friday that he was slightly under the weather.

"We haven't seen Callum yet. We will see if he is available to train today. If not, we will have him for Brentford [on Sunday]."

As regards the choice in goal, Howe added: "Nick is a player who has come back from a serious injury, a big problem to a big area of the body for a goalkeeper.

"He has still been getting his rhythm back from the training work he has been doing. I am really pleased with how he's looked and he has continued to improve through training. Every game, I have a decision to make and that will be another one."