Ten Hag's team news update

Friday 10 March 2023 13:30

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is pleased with the progress Anthony Martial and Christian Eriksen are making.

Martial has resumed training with the main group and could be in contention to return to action in Sunday's Premier League game against Southampton (14:00 GMT kick-off).

The Frenchman has been out with a hip problem since scoring in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg victory over Nottingham Forest.

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Part one: Erik's Southampton press conference

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Eriksen's ankle injury is more of a long-term issue, following a bad challenge by Reading's Andy Carroll in our Emirates FA Cup fourth-round victory over the Championship club.

However, the manager does still expect the skilful Denmark international to reappear before the campaign is out.

When asked at his press conference if Martial could play at the weekend, the boss replied: "Yeah, but I think, all the time, we had a good plan and until now it [didn’t] always [work well].

"But he is on his way back, he is back in training, but we will be cautious, yeah."

As for Eriksen, he should return at some point this season, but clearly not at any point this month, while Donny van de Beek is out for the remainder of the campaign. Marcel Sabitzer must also be a doubt for the Southampton game after missing the 4-1 win over Real Betis.

"I think he [Eriksen] will play [again in 2022/23]," said Ten Hag. "Definitely. But I can't tell now an expectation, but I think his progress in the rehab is okay. It is going according to plan, so definitely we will see him. But not before the international break.

"Yes, he is [still part of the group]. But of course, his main focus is, in this moment, to get back as soon as possible because we need all the players."

How are Southampton shaping up?


Ruben Selles says the Saints will need to conduct a late check on a midfielder ahead of their visit to M16.

Victor Lindelof returned to the matchday squad in Thursday's win in the Europa League and was an unused substitute on the night.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Facundo Pellistri certainly enhanced their claims when coming off the bench in the 4-1 victory, after the manager named an unchanged side for the first time since September.

Wout Weghorst maintained his record of starting every game since making his debut against Crystal Palace in January, scoring the fourth goal on the night, his first at Old Trafford.