Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag faces a range conundrum over who will substitute Bruno Fernandes in Sunday’s Premier League sport at Aston Villa.
Fernandes will serve a one-game ban after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season throughout final week’s residence win in opposition to West Ham.
He performed the complete 90 minutes in United’s Europa League win in opposition to Real Sociedad on Thursday evening and Ten Hag was undecided when requested in regards to the Portugal midfielder’s absence at Villa Park.
After his facet’s 1-0 win in San Sebastian, Ten Hag mentioned: “We know that we have to replace Bruno, that is quite clear. We have to see how we replace him, and we have to think about that, and it is short so soon after this game. I have one night to think about that.”
Donny van de Beek began in opposition to Sociedad after his latest return to health and will make his first Premier League begin of the season at Villa Park.
Alternatively, Christian Eriksen might change right into a extra superior function, whereas Fred and Scott McTominay may help to fill within the gaps after beginning on the bench on Thursday.
Ten Hag might nonetheless be with out Antony, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial on Sunday as they battle for full health after their latest absences.
Ten Hag mentioned: “It’s difficult to say in this moment. I have to talk with the medical and the performance team as they did a programme in Manchester.
“I have to hear how their progress was and if they can be available for Sunday’s match.”
Brazil winger Antony and England worldwide Sancho have missed United’s final two video games because of a leg harm and sickness, respectively, whereas Martial has struggled with numerous issues all season.
The France ahead has been restricted to a few Premier League appearances below Ten Hag because of hamstring, Achilles and, latterly, again accidents.
United are bidding to increase their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 video games and preserve their top-four problem, whereas Villa’s new head coach Unai Emery will probably be within the dugout for the primary time.
Ten Hag should additionally resolve whether or not to recall Harry Maguire, who stepped off the bench as a makeshift striker in opposition to Sociedad, or stick to Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof on the coronary heart of defence.
The former Ajax boss added: “I have to see because Aston Villa is going to be a difficult one as we don’t know.
“They have a new manager and I have to have a look and analyse from that game, from that team and then we have a choice. But Licha (Martinez) and Victor played really well together over some more games.
“But I also think Licha and Harry last Sunday against West Ham United kept a clean sheet and also did really well, so that’s another choice we have to make.”