Erik ten Hag expects Manchester United duo Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho to be back for Liverpool clash
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag expects Luke Shaw and Jadon Sancho to be back for the Premier League tie against Liverpool.
The Red Devils will visit Anfield on Sunday (5 March). In the Old Trafford side’s previous fixture against West Ham United, the left-back and former Borussia Dortmund were unavailable.
However, speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag is optimistic about being able to count on the two English stars for the crunch match with Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“I think we’ll have players back. I’m not sure if you’ve seen but yesterday Luke Shaw was not available. We expect him back. Sancho was ill. We’ll have to wait for how that develops but yeah, I think [he will be back] as well.”
Shaw made his way to Man United in the summer of 2014 from Southampton. Over the years, the left-back has had many ups and downs in Manchester.
However, in the current campaign, after struggling initially, the 27-year-old has established himself in Ten Hag’s plans. The England international has also put in some impressive performances as a central defender for the Dutch manager.
As for Sancho, the Old Trafford side acquired his services in the summer of 2021 from Dortmund. In Germany, the 22-year-old mesmerised people with his skill and talent.
However, the forward has struggled to replicate that same form at Man United. In the previous campaign, the England international struggled to find his feet.
Sancho had similar issues under Ten Hag. However, after a lengthy layoff, the 22-year-old has come back and has looked energetic and lively. The gaffer has deployed the winger in the number 10 position in the last few weeks.
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The Red Devils beat Liverpool 2-1 in the reverse fixture. Anfield has been a fortress for the Merseysiders. We have not won a match there in our last six visits. Irrespective of Klopp’s team not being at their best, the North-West Derby is always a tough fixture.