Ten Hag's team news for Tyneside

Friday 01 December 2023 13:30

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been discussing his plans for Saturday night's Premier League showdown with Newcastle United.

The boss addressed reporters at his press conference at Carrington on Friday, after assessing his options following the gruelling UEFA Champions League trip to Turkey, to face Galatasaray, in midweek.

Marcus Rashford should be in contention for a return after missing the 3-3 draw in Istanbul due to a one-match European suspension. The England international scored in the Carabao Cup final victory over the Magpies last term and also in his most recent outing, with a confident penalty in the 3-0 win at Everton.

Malacia injury update


The latest on our Dutch defender and a time frame for his likely return to action.

Mason Mount is making some progress, while it will be hoped Rasmus Hojlund came through the RAMS Park clash unscathed, after he was substituted during the second half, following his recent lay-off. 

"We have many options but we have to manage the load of the players," Erik said at his press conference to preview the weekend action. "It is also about freshness as well.

"Mason Mount is, today, returning on the [training] pitch, but I don't know how long it will take until he returns [to play]. I can't say in this moment."

We revealed earlier that Tyrell Malacia is due back from a knee injury in January, as he looks to get his 2023/24 campaign under way.

In his interview with Sam Carney for club media, the boss added: "There are updates, so Ty Malacia, he had surgery and he will return in quite short notice. I think, from new year on, he can be available. But it's very good that Luke Shaw made his return in this week. We are happy with that and also the others, they are working very hard to return as soon as possible to the team."

Lisandro Martinez, Jonny Evans, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Amad are all currently sidelined but Antony started and did well in Turkey, after he missed the win at Everton.

The home side have their own injury and suspension issues to deal with but are in good form and seeking a sixth straight home win in the league, thanks to a run that includes beating Arsenal and Chelsea.

Eddie Howe's men have also defeated Manchester City (Carabao Cup) and Paris Saint-Germain (UEFA Champions League) in the north east this term.