Manchester United trained for the final time before the crucial clash with Bayern Munich on Monday.Boss Erik ten Hag will be nervously awaiting an injury report though, with United needing to win to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages. They are currently rock bottom of their Champions League group and are without a win after five games.
Ten Hag’s main concern ahead of Tueday’s game is that both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were missing from the session. United later confirmed both forwards were suffering from illness.
But it is unknown if they will recover in time to face Bayern, with both having played substantial roles this season. Ten Hag may need to make adjustments to his attacking plans if neither are able to recover in time.
In his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag admitted he was not sure sure of his squad’s readiness. He said: “It’s a condensed programme so we have a training, so at this moment, I’m not sure about everyone, who’s available for tomorrow.”While the absences of Rashford and Martial is a concern, there was more positive news in the return of Lisandro Martinez. Martinez has been sidelined for the past three months after suffering a recurrence of a metatarsal issue.
There is some relief on the injury front for Ten Hag though, with Victor Lindelof overcoming doubts to be involved in the session. The Dutchman had expressed concerns that the defender would not be fit.
In his press conference earlier in the day, Ten Hag had said: “The question mark is on Victor Lindelof, whether he can make it or not. We have to wait and see until tomorrow.”But Lindelof was spotted fully participating in the session on Monday to allay those worries. With Luke Shaw struggling as a makeshift centre-back, the option of playing a natural in the position will be much-welcomed by Ten Hag.