Christian Eriksen concern and two more things spotted in Man United training
All the latest news from Carrington before Manchester United plays Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United got ready for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at their Carrington training base on Monday, just 24 hours after playing Newcastle United to a scoreless draw.
The Reds beat Tottenham twice last season, 3-0 away and 3-2 at Old Trafford. However, they missed the chance to stay close to the top four by putting in a lackluster performance against the Magpies. United did have chances to win all three points at the end, but Fred and Marcus Rashford both missed golden chances.
But United doesn’t have much time to think about what could have been because they have another big game coming up against Spurs, who are currently tied for second place in the table. In the last few weeks, it has been hard for the Reds to score goals quickly. In their last two home games, they only scored one goal.
United’s fans, especially at home, are likely to want them to score goals often to keep them entertained. Because of this, they will be determined to give their fans something to cheer about against Antonio Conte’s team. So, it’s likely that shooting practice was one of the most important things to do at Carrington on Monday.
No sign of Eriksen
United posted pictures of their most recent practice, but midfielder Christian Eriksen was nowhere to be seen. This makes it unlikely that he will be able to play against Spurs. The player who joined the team in the summer missed his first game of the season because he was sick.
Before Sunday’s tie, the Dane had played in every Premier League game, and his absence was clear to everyone. United missed his ability to take charge in the middle of the field and break through the other team’s defense.
Ten Hag said after the tie with Newcastle that he didn’t know if the former Brentford player would be able to play against Spurs.
“I don’t know” if he will play against Spurs, the United manager said. “He is a big part of what our team is right now. I don’t know if he will be able to play on Wednesday, but I hope, of course.”
It is possible that he did train, but the cameras didn’t catch it. Ten Hag will talk to the press about his health on Tuesday at lunchtime, before the game.
McTominay plans to come back
Scott McTominay was suspended for the tie with Newcastle because he got his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 win over Everton a week before. Together with Eriksen’s absence, it left United with few options in the middle of the field.
Fred started against Eddie Howe’s team and had a tough afternoon, so most United fans might want to see a change in midfield against Spurs. If Eriksen is again ruled out, McTominay will be ready to take his place.
As expected, the Scotland international trained on Monday. He was seen doing a small drill with Facundo Pellistri and Rashford. So far this season, McTominay has started six Premier League games for United.
Youngsters feature again
People are getting used to seeing members of United’s youth teams train with the first team. Since he joined the club, Ten Hag has been eager to get a close look at the Reds’ young talent pool. He often invites young players to train with the senior team.
It was the same on Monday, too. There were pictures of Alejandro Garnacho, Joe Hugill, and Zidane Iqbal taking part, but it’s likely that other people also took part. When United played Newcastle, Garnacho, Iqbal, and Kobbie Mainoo all sat on the bench, which gave it a young look.