Erik ten Hag was without Anthony Martial and Marcel Sabitzer for the Europa League win over Real Betis on Thursday.
Manchester United could potentially be boosted by the return of Anthony Martial for the clash with Southampton on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if Erik ten Hag will risk the Frenchman.
The Reds host the Saints at Old Trafford, hoping to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after being thrashed 7-0 by Liverpool last weekend. Ten Hag‘s responded to the defeat with a convincing 4-1 win over Real Betis in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday night.
United were without Anthony Martial and Marcel Sabitzer for the win in midweek. Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen remains sidelined with an ankle injury, while Donny van de Beek (knee) will be missing for the rest of the campaign. With Ten Hag struggling for options in midfield, he continued with the same trio who played in the defeat at Anfield for the clash with Betis.
Ahead of the Premier League clash with the relegation-threatened Southampton, here is the current state of play on the Carrington treatment table…
What Ten Hag has said: “I think, all the time, we had a good plan and until now it [didn’t] always [work well]. But he is on his way back, he is back in training, but we will be cautious, yeah.”
Possible return dates: TBC
What Ten Hag has said: “The only disappointment is Marcel Sabitzer is not available.”
Possible return date: Late April or May
What Ten Hag has said: “I think he [Eriksen] will play [again in 2022/23]. Definitely. But I can’t tell now an expectation, but I think his progress in the rehab is okay. It is going according to plan, so definitely we will see him. But not before the international break. Yes, he is [still part of the group]. But of course, his main focus is, in this moment, to get back as soon as possible because we need all the players.”
Donny van de Beek
What Ten Hag has said: “Of course, the bad news is that he is out for the rest of the season, but the good news is, in the longer-term, his knee will be okay and he will be ready again to play at the highest levels and will be ready for the start of pre-season.”