Team news: United v Sheffield United

Tuesday 23 April 2024 12:15

Erik ten Hag has provided an injury update, ahead of Manchester United's Premier League meeting with Sheffield United at Old Trafford.

Wednesday's game follows hot on the heels of Sunday's remarkable Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Coventry City, which we won on penalties after the Sky Blues came back from a 3-0 deficit to force extra-time.

It was a dramatic and gruelling afternoon under the arch at Wembley and two Reds who started the game are now doubts for our clash with the Blades, which is a fixture rearranged from March.

Marcus Rashford was replaced by Amad in the dying seconds of normal time, while Scott McTominay came off for Omari Forson, and the homegrown pair face a race to be fit for this fixture.

Bruno Fernandes and Alejandro Garnacho also picked up problems in the capital, but should be okay to play.

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Extended Q&A: Sheffield United

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"Yeah, so we had a problem with Garnacho, that's why we took him off during the game but I think he will be fine," Ten Hag said at his press conference on Tuesday.

"Scott McTominay, we have to assess today. That is really doubtful. Marcus Rashford is also doubtful and then there was an issue with Bruno Fernandes, with the hand. But I think he can make it.

"So we have some doubts going into the game tomorrow."

The Reds' injury issues show no sign of abating, and Sofyan Amrabat, Willy Kambwala and Mason Mount were added to our list of absentees ahead of the match at Wembley.

With Jonny Evans, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw all out, Casemiro is a prime candidate to play at centre-back again while Academy defenders Harry Amass, Louis Jackson and Habeeb Ogunneye could retain their positions in the squad.

Anthony Martial is still absent but Andre Onana can play, as his two yellow cards at Wembley - one in normal time, the other during the shootout - have had no impact on availability for future league or cup matches.

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Part one: Press conference v Sheffield United

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The Blades have had injury problems for much of the season, particularly in defence, where key men Chris Basham and John Egan have been missing since the autumn. Max Lowe and Rhys Norrington-Davies also won’t play any further part this term, while George Baldock is still sidelined due to a calf problem.

Rhian Brewster, Tom Davies and Daniel Jebbison are back on the grass but unlikely to feature at Old Trafford, while Chris Wilder could ring the changes after Saturday’s disappointing home defeat to Burnley, which leaves the Blades on the precipice of a return to the Championship.

Part two: Press conference v Sheffield United Video

Part two: Press conference v Sheffield United

Press conference | Erik ten Hag is asked about his team selection against Sheffield United and Amad's impact...

“Listen, there was talk of making a substitution at half-time by certain sections of the support,” said Wilder. “I could have substituted some more players as well but felt I’d give them the opportunity to put it right. I don’t like making those sort of decisions but I will and I’ve done it before.

“Obviously, overall, we have to look at the set-up of the team, analyse everything and we have to make sure we do our job as players and coaches to pick the right team and put the right players in their best positions.”

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