Why Marcus Rashford isn’t involved for Man Utd against Sheffield Utd

    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was forced to leave Marcus Rashford out of his team to face Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

    Rashford played 90 minutes of the epic FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City at Wembley over the weekend. But an injury suffered during that contest was enough to rule him out of being involved for the visit of the Blades, missing out altogether and not even making the bench.

    On 399 appearances for the club, it will delay his milestone 400th until at least the weekend.

    More of Ten Hag’s selection decisions were dominated by injuries, forcing his hand.

    In Rashford’s place, Antony was given the nod for only his second Premier League start of 2024. There had been pre-game suggestions that Amad Diallo might get his first United start since 2021, but that proved not to be the case in the end. Meanwhile, Casemiro was asked to fill in at centre-back alongside Harry Maguire for the second game running.

    Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Willy Kambwala are just the defenders currently sidelined with injury.

    Erik ten Hag

    Injuries continue to give Erik ten Hag a headache / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

    Further up the pitch, Christian Eriksen has come into the midfield. So important last season, the Dane has largely been a fringe player in recent months and has played only 37 minutes of Premier League football since January prior to kick-off in Sheffield.

    Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho, Sofyan Amrabat and Scott McTominay were all carrying knocks after the weekend, but the former pair start and the latter two are among the subs.

    Mason Mount continues to be absent after missing out against Coventry, having only made his return from a four-month absence with a knee problem at the end of March.

    The injury crisis means that United’s bench severely lacks experience. Louis Jackson, 18, Harry Amass, 17, Habeeb Ogunneye, 18, and Ethan Wheatley, 18, all remain involved after in the squad at Wembley. At this point, 19-year-old Omari Forson with six first-team appearances is a relative veteran, while 21-year-old Amad can be considered one of the previous few senior players available.

    United lineup to face Sheffield United: Onana; Dalot, Casemiro, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Mainoo, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund.

    Substitutes: Bayindir, Amass, Ogunneye, Jackson, Amrabat, McTominay, Amad, Forson, Wheatley.  


    Source link

    Related articles



    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Share article

    Latest articles


    Subscribe to stay updated.