Marcus Rashford was included in the England squad for the matches against Italy and Ukraine, but still will not help Southgate. On March 20, Man United said that the striker was injured in the FA Cup quarter-final match with Fulham and would not recover until the April game with Newcastle.
Only in this way one of the leaders of the club will get the rest, which is simply necessary after the frantic pace of the game in recent months.
Manchester United have the tightest schedule since the World Cup. United is the only Premier League club still playing in every possible competition
Manchester United resumed the season three days after the World Cup final – they played in the League Cup against Burnley. We won 2-0, and the goals were scored by Rashford and Eriksen playing in Qatar.
Over the next 88 days, Ten Hag players played 25 matches – an average of one game every 3.5 days. We compared Man United’s pace to other clubs in the top 5 leagues that have had at least European competition in the same distance.
• Previously, only Newcastle United returned (20 December), but Howe’s side only played 16 games at the distance chosen.
How did the Ten Hag players spend such a tight stretch?
• In 25 games, Manchester United have only lost two (against Arsenal and Liverpool) and won 19.
• A Premier League title challenge is unlikely, but Man United still have FA Cup and Europa League chances. Manchester United will play against Sevilla on April 13 and 20, against Brighton on April 22 (there will most likely be a postponement, but so far this date is indicated on the tournament website ).
After a pause on national teams, the pace will not fall
Even if Manchester United lose to Sevilla and Brighton, the club still has at least 15 more games to play before the end of the season. According to this indicator, Man United is also among the leaders.
Eric Ten Hag is in for a tough two months. If the Manchester United players make it to the Europa League (May 31) and FA Cup (June 4) finals, the pace will be absolutely insane – 19 matches in 59 days. Match every 3.1 days.
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