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Manchester United boss fires shots at Arsenal and Liverpool as he says their injury troubles are not the same

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Former Liverpool star takes a sly dig at Manchester United

Man United boss Erik ten Hag says his club’s injury troubles are worse than that of his rivals

While the injuries at Manchester United are probably not as bad as the injury lists at maybe Liverpool or Arsenal, the fact is, our full potential remains held back due to the players who see themselves sidelined due to various injury issues leading to unstable results for Erik ten Hag.

The manager is of the belief that Manchester United’s injury troubles are worse than any of his rivals and the crisis has set him apart from his counterparts at other clubs. Here is what he had to say via The Express:

“First of all, I don’t think they have had as many injuries as we had and in key positions,”

“No team can deal with so many injuries. We missed so many key players over the part of the season.”

While reminded of the injuries to Manchester City stars Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland, he pointed out the availability of Julian Alvarez and said he’s a good replacement in the times of injury issues.

His frustrations seem to be wearing down on us. Erik ten Hag has to manage like the rest of the Premier League has managed injury issues. No excuses on that front.
His frustrations seem to be wearing down on us.

Are only United’s players injured?

Throughout the campaign, Manchester United have grappled with a series of injuries to key personnel. The unavailability of players like Lisandro Martinez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Mount, and Rasmus Hojlund throughout various parts of the season has undoubtedly tested the team’s depth and resilience.

However, it’s the absence of experienced left-back Luke Shaw and second-choice Tyrell Malacia that has left United particularly vulnerable, with no senior option available to fill the role.

Despite acknowledging that rivals Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City have also grappled with injuries this season, Ten Hag maintains that United’s situation is unique in its severity and impact on crucial areas of the squad.

Man United boss Erik ten Hag says his club's injury troubles are worse than that of his rivals.
Man United boss Erik ten Hag says his club’s injury troubles are worse than that of his rivals.

He underscores the sheer number of key players sidelined for extended periods, suggesting that no team could effectively cope with such significant setbacks. Is this a clear case of Copium? As United prepare for the following few weeks with a depleted squad, the magnitude of the challenge facing them cannot be overstated. The absence of several key players leaves the team with limited options and puts added pressure on those available to step up and deliver when called upon.

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Having said that, it is important that the manager takes control of the situation and rise in difficult situations. We have a strong academy, but his insistence on fielding players who don’t seem to contribute as much is proving to be a hindrance for the club. Ultimately, while injuries may disrupt the best-laid plans of managers and clubs, they also present opportunities for other players to step up and make their mark. As United navigate through the ups and downs of the season, Ten Hag will surely want to bring an end to the inconsistency and ensure his future, as well as the club’s future, is secure.

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