Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial unavailable for Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest
The Red Devils will take on the Tricky Trees on Wednesday (25 January) in the first leg of the semi-final at the City Ground. Steve Cooper’s team will visit Old Trafford on 1 February for the second leg.
But speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag revealed that Man United’s three key players would miss the trip to West Bridgford. The right-back and two forwards were also unavailable during our recent loss to Arsenal.
“No, all the players who were not available for the Arsenal game – so Dalot, Martial, Sancho – are also not available for tomorrow.”
While the gaffer has relied on the trio in different stages of the campaign, Dalot has been especially key for the Dutch manager. The Portugal international has been the Red Devils’ first-choice at right-back.
Unfortunately, the 23-year-old has had fitness issues since returning from the 2022 World Cup. He has missed the Old Trafford side’s last three fixtures due to a muscular injury.
Sancho last played for Man United against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw in the Premier League. The England international only resumed training with the first team last week. It remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old will be called upon for the Reading game in the FA Cup fourth round.
Martial played 45 minutes for the Red Devils in the Manchester derby. But since then, the France international has been unable to make the matchday squad. The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries this season.
The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alejandro Garnacho and other squad players have stepped up in the absence of our key players. It will be interesting to see how Ten Hag sets up the team.
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Man United have a real shot at getting their hands on silverware. If we can get past Forest, either Newcastle United or Southampton will be waiting for us in the final.