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Erik ten Hag gives an squad update before facing Southampton

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag gives an squad update before facing Southampton

The Dutch manager talked about Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and the captain's armband

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Yesterday evening, the Manchester United manager held a press conference ahead of today’s match against Southampton in his fourth Premier League fixture in charge of the team. After a shaky start of the season, things are looking to be turning around after defeating Liverpool last Monday, which caused the media to ask a lot about that match.

When asked about losing Anthony Martial once again due to an injury he said: “Pre-season, he did really good, I was really happy with his contribution and that’s why I brought him in, you can see what impact he can have on our game. So, definitely. But we have other players who can play in that role and will do well. I never talk about players who are not available, we have to do it with the players who are there”.

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The manager was questioned about Marcus Rashford’s best position after his great performance in the middle of the attack against Liverpool: “I think he can play every role as you saw on Monday. It was really good to make that sub with Martial and add Rashy to the left because we know his inside runs are really dangerous and you saw that with the second goal”.

About who’s going to wear the captain’s armband in most games this season after dropping Harry Maguire in the last match, he said that he has a little group of people selected: “I’m not looking so far, we are only one game, we have a little group. Harry quite clearly, Bruno is one of them and I think Bruno did quite well in his role with the captaincy, he was captain by example”.

Nothing is for granted

Erik ten Hag made some very big decisions before the game against Liverpool when he benched players like Harry Maguire, and Cristiano Ronaldo, among others for such a big match. However, he has also let them know that he still counts with them, but that their place in the starting XI isn’t secured just by their name or status.

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