Every word Erik ten Hag said in Manchester United press conference ahead of Sevilla fixture
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that four first-team players are in contention to return for tomorrow night’s clash with Sevilla in Spain.
Luke Shaw, Tyrell MalaciaMarcel Sabitzer and Marcus Rashford have all been included in the 21-man squad that travelled to Spain earlier today, meaning they could all feature in some capacity. News of Rashford’s imminent return is a particular boost, with the Reds in need of some extra attacking output.
Sabitzer, meanwhile, has shaken off a groin problem that forced him to pull out of the starting line-up at Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The Austrian scored twice in last week’s first-leg against Sevilla at Old Trafford.
Despite the quartet being included in the squad, Ten Hag has confirmed that late decisions on each of them will have to be made tomorrow.
He said: “(They are) available because that’s why they’re in the airplane but I will take my decisions tomorrow. Today, they are training, we will see what the reaction is and we will take the decision. We have all particular decisions.”
Ten Hag made the above admission during his pre-match press conference shortly after 7pm BST on Wednesday evening. You can recap everything he had to say by scanning through the blog below.
That’s a wrap!
We’re going to call time on this evening’s press conference live blog here, folks. Thanks for following us this evening.
Stay tuned to the M.E.N website for all the pre-match build-up to tomorrow night’s clash with Sevilla.
Ten Hag issues injury update on quartet
United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that he will make a decision on the likes of Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford tomorrow.
The duo, along with Tyrell Malacia and Marcel Sabitzer, are part of the 21-man squad that has travelled to Spain for tomorrow night’s Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Sevilla. Malacia, Shaw, Sabitzer and Rashford have recently been sidelined through injury.
Click here to see what the United boss has had to say.
That’s a wrap
That concludes Erik ten Hag’s and Christian Eriksen’s press conference. Stay tuned to the M.E.N website for all of the reaction.
Eriksen on Carroll’s tackle back in January
“I was surprised he didn’t get a yellow card. At the time I didn’t think it was as bad. I didn’t fear I would be out for the season. The medical staff kept me in good shape and got me back.”
Ten Hag on how United can deal with Sevilla
“Our organisation all over the pitch is quite good. We need to do better attacking. I am confident that we can score goals tomorrow.”
Eriksen on what to expect from Sevilla
“We let them in the game in the first game. We had good control for the first hour of the game. They have had a lot of different coaches this season, but they are now starting to win games. They have a good team, a good shape and some very good individuals.”
Ten Hag on Sevilla’s crowd and home atmosphere
“You have to use motivation as a tool and control it. The timing of that is important. In big games especially, you have to know how to use it. We need to focus on the game and the play the best game we can.”
Eriksen praises Sabitzer
“Marcel has done unbelievable while I have been away. Everyone has done their job. The fewest sessions I have had have been with Marcel; he only arrived after I was injured.”
Ten Hag on De Gea’s form this season
“Stopping goals – that is the main job for a goalkeeper. Everyone has their own particular style. Nowadays, in possession, it has become more and more important at top levels. But at the end of the day it is about stopping goals; shots; crosses; one-on-ones. I think David is a complete goalkeper.”
Ten Hag on progression
“We want to compete with the best and know we have to progress even more.”
Ten Hag on if any injured players will return
“(They are) available because that’s why they’re in the airplane but I’ll take my decisions tomorrow, we will make the decision.”
Away we go – finally!
Erik ten Hag and Christian Eriksen are now in position and we shall begin.
The wait goes on
United touched down at Sevilla airport at 7.22pm (Spanish time). The press conference was down to start at 7.45pm. Erik ten Hag, Christian Eriksen and United staff have only just arrived.
Nothing to report
We’re still waiting for the press conference to start. It is not uncommon for these things to start later than originally planned, especially when overseas travelling is involved.
A slight delay
This evening’s press conference is going to kick-off slightly later than originally scheduled. It is understood that United’s flight to Spain landed slightly later than expected. Hopefully, it won’t be too long a delay. We will keep you posted.
United manager Erik ten Hag and midfielder Christian Eriksen are scheduled to start speaking to the media at 6:45pm UK time. Keep the blog locked for live updates of their press call.
United’s Europa League adventure so far
vs Real Sociedad (H) – 0-1
vs Sheriff Tiraspol (A) – 2-0
vs Omonia Nicoasia (A) – 3-2
vs Omonia Nicosia (H) – 1-0
vs Sheriff Tiraspol (H) – 3-0
vs Real Sociedad (A) – 1-0
vs. Barcelona (A) – 2-2
vs. Barcelona (H) – 2-1
vs Real Betis (H) – 4-1
vs Real Betis (A) – 1-0
vs Sevilla (H) – 2-2
OPINION: United need the perfect plan for Martial and Rashford this week
“United racked up 3.5 xG on Sunday and scored just twice. It isn’t just a problem when Rashford is out to be fair. That figure was 3.4 against Everton a week earlier and again they scored twice. The three they got against Leicester looked good but their xG was as high as 4.4, again suggesting chances were missed that should have been buried. United will have to score in Seville to avoid a penalty shootout and they face a side that look to be finding form. They will be lifted by their late comeback at Old Trafford and won at Valencia at the weekend.”
Eriksen to join Ten Hag
United midfielder Christian Eriksen will join Erik ten Hag to speak to the media in this evening’s press conference.
Sevilla star fires warning at United
Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic has warned United’s players that they will be in for a stern test when the two sides meet in the second-leg of their Europa League quarter-final at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium tomorrow night.
The tie is nicely poised at 2-2 following last week’s first-leg at Old Trafford, in which Sevilla fought back from 2-0 down to claim an unlikely draw. United are still considered the favourites to win the tie and progress to the semi-finals.
However, Rakitic has warned the Reds that a difficult challenge awaits them.
Click here to see what the Croatian has had to say.
Latest Europa League winners odds
Courtesy of bet365these are the latest odds for who they think will win the Europa League this season:
- Manchester United – 15/8
- Juventus – 7/2
- Roma – 7/1
- Bayer Leverkusen – 7/1
- Feyenoord – 7/1
- Sevilla – 10/1
- Sporting Lisbon – 12/1
- Union Saint-Gilloise – 16/1
United squad confirmed for Sevilla trip
United have announced their 21-man squad for tomorrow night’s clash with Sevilla, confirming that Marcus Rashford will be involved.
The England international has missed the Reds’ last two matches after being forced off during the second half of the 2-0 win over Everton on April 8. Meanwhile, Luke Shaw and Marcel Sabitzer have also made the cut, giving United a triple injury boost.
Click here to read the full story.
Good evening and welcome along to our live coverage of Erik ten Hag’s pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Sevilla in Spain.
The United manager is scheduled to start speaking to the media at 6:45pm UK time. Keep the blog locked for all the very latest.
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