Ten Hag explains Rashford decision

Thursday 25 May 2023 19:33

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has discussed why he has picked an unchanged team for the third match running.

The Reds take on Chelsea at Old Trafford, with only a point required to clinch a place in next season's Champions League. Victory, though, would ensure Ten Hag's men move above Newcastle United into third spot in the Premier League.

Despite Marcus Rashford overcoming illness, he only makes the substitutes' bench, with Jadon Sancho set to start on the left, and Anthony Martial leading the line.

In his pre-match interview with Sky Sports, the boss commented on his Rashford choice: "I wouldn't say [he is] only on the bench. I think Manchester United need a good bench with top players. He was, first, injured and then ill. He is now back. We are happy with that. For the last 10 days, we have three games to go, he's back. He can do something from the bench but we have a strong team." 

The fact United have powerful weapons to come on during the game is clearly something that pleases the manager.

"We have a strong bench," Erik told MUTV. "We need that for the last games. We have 10 days to go from here. But I think also Man United, a club as Man United, needs, every game, a strong bench because, yeah, we need competition and also we need opportunities to change from the bench."


United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes (c), Sancho; Martial.

Substitutes: Butland, Dalot, Maguire, Malacia, Fred, McTominay, Garnacho, Rashford, Weghorst.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Fofana, Chalobah, Hall; Fernandez, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka; Madueke, Havertz, Mudryk.

Substitutes: Mendy, Gilchrist, Koulibaly, Silva, Loftus-Cheek, Felix, Fofana, Pulisic, Ziyech.