Man Utd boss Ten Hag fires warning to Fernandes and Rashford after Arsenal loss

Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has issued a warning to injured players like Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, saying that they will not be allowed to play in the exciting Wembley match against Manchester City if they are unable to demonstrate their fitness by competing before the FA Cup final. Due to injury, the key players were unable to participate in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal. The Portuguese skipper is also not expected to play against Newcastle this week.

Throughout the Premier League season, Ten Hag’s team has suffered more injuries than most, as evidenced by the fact that he was unable to use players like Tyrell Malacia, Anthony Martial, Raphael Varane, Mason Mount, Rashford, Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, and Fernandes for the visit of Arsenal.

The Dutchman has reminded the walking wounded that missing out on Wembley will be the price they must pay if they are unable to play in the final two league games. He will be hoping that a few of those important players can return before the season ends.

“If you want to go into a hard game like the cup final you need the game practice and they know that,” Ten Hag said in the aftermath of Arsenal’s victory at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag stated on Friday that Fernandes was back in training, but he missed his first United match since joining the team due to injury during the team’s 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace on Monday. Fernandes missed the match again when Arsenal visited.

Following an injury he sustained in the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry, Rashford has missed United’s last four games due to injury. While his captain was also seen in training this week, he did not play against the Gunners.

Ten Hag lamented having a far-from-fit side to play Arsenal, implying that if he had United’s best players available more than once in his two years at Old Trafford, his job at the club would be far safer.

“I don’t know where we should be when we had all the players on board, but definitely it is if there are players all on board, then you will get more points,” he added.

“Any manager can always do anything better, but now after two years here, I have only had one time where I have had a full group of players. You can’t progress a team when in particular in certain key areas, it is like swimming with your hands behind your back, then you have to keep your head up and above the water level, this is what we are trying to do.

“Still we are in a cup final, this is good but if you want to progress a team we need fit players. You have seen with our opponent today that only one player for (Arsenal) was not available. We had so many.”

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