United wait on Donny diagnosis

Tuesday 03 January 2023 23:05

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says it is too early to assess the injury sustained by Donny van de Beek during the latter stages of the first half of the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Dutch midfielder was presented with an opportunity to start in a central role but his night was cut short when he was hurt by a challenge from Marcos Senesi, who slipped on the greasy surface as he made the tackle.

The pain was etched on Donny's face as he was forced to exit the action, with Alejandro Garnacho taking his place before the half-time whistle.

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Although it is still too early to tell the extent of the injury, Ten Hag expressed his concern during his post-match interviews.

When asked by MUTV's Stewart Gardner about any news on Donny, he replied: "No, that is too quick. We have to wait and then you can make the right diagnosis, so the medical team have to do their work. But it doesn't look great.

"What has happened to Donny is bad, in the first place, for Donny but also bad news for Manchester United, if it is a bad injury."

There was an update on Martial too, who also went straight down the tunnel after being withdrawn, when appearing to pick up a knock as he tried to convert a far-post header in the second half.

Thankfully, the news looks to be more positive on the striker, particularly with Everton next up at Old Trafford on Friday night, in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

"Yes, I think he will be good," Ten Hag told MUTV. "He will be fine. He continued the game. 

"I hope he will recover overnight and be fresh for Friday."

Antony was not in the matchday squad due to injury, as the Reds will quickly regroup ahead of the tie with Frank Lampard's side.