Erik says United can handle injuries now

Sunday 17 March 2024 20:42

Erik ten Hag believes his Manchester United squad is able to cope with injuries, as proved by the 4-3 victory over Liverpool.

The boss lost the huge influence of Casemiro in the build-up to the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final and also revealed during his post-match press conference that Jonny Evans was due to start at Old Trafford, only to also drop out of contention.

The Northern Ireland international has withdrawn from his country's squad for the upcoming games and has been nursing a minor issue.

However, Aaron Wan-Bissaka came into the side for his first appearance since the draw with Tottenham in mid-January, and was outstanding before being substituted in the second half of normal time.

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Erik's post-match press conference

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"If you oversee this season, we have had so many setbacks all the time," said the manager. "We have players dropping out and, every time, we have to adapt. Also, yesterday, Jonny Evans, in the last minute of the training, he dropped out. Then we have to adjust to bring a player in who didn't train, didn't play for four or five weeks and he had only one or two training sessions with the team.

"And then he came in and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was playing so well, but the team adjusted also to that we had to change.

"And so we can deal better with such situations," he added. "Where we were in autumn, it was difficult to adjust where we had all the injuries.

"So what you now see in January, February, March, we can deal better with this. And still we have a lot of injuries, but we can deal with it. We get our wins."

United do now have a break before travelling south to face Brentford in the Premier League and things are looking encouraging with Mason Mount making his comeback, after being out since November, and Harry Maguire also returning to put in an impressive shift, in defence and up front.