Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, has released an injury report ahead of Wednesday night’s match against Leeds United.
Leeds travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday for the first of two meetings against the Red Devils, and they do so without a manager after electing to fire Jesse Marsch on Monday. The Whites will be led by a three-man coaching staff on Wednesday, and it will be a difficult challenge for everybody concerned, with Manchester United undefeated in 13 at Old Trafford and pushing their way up the league.
Ten Hag has lost Casemiro to a three-game suspension ahead of the Leeds games after the midfielder put his hands around Will Hughes’ neck last time out. Ten Hag has also outlined three injury concerns.
“They are not involved tomorrow,” he stated of McTominay, Anthony Martial, and Casemiro. “The same with Antony, who is also unavailable for tomorrow. We need to figure it out.”
“I always have to play with the players that are available and we have a squad, we have many good players in our squad who are also not playing in the starting XI and I have to do it,” Ten Hag said of Case miro’s absence from Old Trafford due to suspension.
“After a game, I can’t say ‘Casemiro is not there, Anthony Martial is not there,’ we have to win. United is capable, and we must win games regardless of who is on the field.”
There were reports that Manchester United might appeal Casemiro’s red card, but Ten Hag has stated that this would not happen. “It wasn’t the correct decision for me,” he continued, “but I don’t think we have a chance in a judicial procedure.”
If Manchester United were to appeal Casemiro’s punishment, they run the possibility of the Football Association raising the Brazilian’s ban to four matches due to the nature of his incident with Palace’s Hughes being termed ‘violent conduct’. Ten Hag’s team has decided against an appeal since a four-game penalty will prevent him from playing in this month’s Carabao Cup Final against Newcastle.