Ten Hag reveals team news for Sheriff test

Wednesday 14 September 2022 18:15

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has issued an update on his squad for Thursday's Europa League game away to Sheriff Tiraspol.

The Reds continue proceedings in Group E at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau, looking to bounce back from the opening-day defeat to Real Sociedad.

Ten Hag's players have had a full week to prepare for the trip to Moldova, given last weekend's Premier League fixtures were postponed as a mark of respect after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away.

The Dutchman rotated his side against La Real last week, and he could make further changes in the showdown with Sheriff, as he looks for his first European win as United boss.

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However, Marcus Rashford is not among the players who could be recalled by the manager, after being left at home in Manchester due to an injury.

"He is not available," confirmed Ten Hag, when asked about the striker.

"It is still the [same] consequence after Arsenal. He has a muscle injury."
It would appear that the problem is thankfully not too serious, with Ten Hag telling reporters:

"I don't think [he will be out] too long.

"It's not really bad and we expect him back quite soon in the team."
Rashford's form this season has led to him being tipped for a return to the England squad, which is set to be announced by Gareth Southgate this Thursday.

"I think this season he has had a great comeback and he has showed his great potential and quality," praised the Reds' boss.

The other absentees from United's flight to Moldova included Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka but Ten Hag still has a strong 25-man squad to select from.

All of his permanent summer signings - Antony, Casimero, Christian Eriksen, Tyrrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez - are in Moldova and ready to make their first European away appearances for the Reds.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also in the group but when it was put to him that the local fans in Chisinau wanted to know whether our no.7 would start, Ten Hag teased in response: "I'm sorry but the Moldovan fans have to wait until tomorrow."

The United team to face Sheriff Tiraspol will be announced at 16:30 BST, 75 minutes before kick-off, on ManUtd.com and in the United App.