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EPL: Ten Hag confirms injury blows for Manchester United ahead Man City clash

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag has confirmed a major injury blow for Manchester United ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire will not be available for the Manchester derby according to the Dutchman.

He also said that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial remain doubts for the game despite returning to training.

Maguire was injured during England’s 3-3 draw with Germany in Wembley on Monday night.

He limped out after giving away a penalty after half-time and lost the ball before Germany doubled their lead.

Maguire has not started a game for Manchester United since after successive defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

As a result, the England centre-back has been on the bench for United’s last four games and will not play any part in Sunday’s Manchester derby.

Manchester United forwards Rashford and Martial could also be absent at the Etihad despite returning to training during the international break.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, Ten Hag said, ‘Harry Maguire is injured.

‘For the rest, we have some doubts with Anthony Martial, but he was training all week with the group so we are really happy with that situation. Marcus Rashford returns into training so we’re also happy with that.’

Asked specifically about Maguire’s struggles, Ten Hag added: “I have to coach him and back him. I back him because I believe in him. I can see his qualities.

“Quality is there. Almost 50 caps for England, he has high potential. Then it is about him. We all believe in him.

“He is doing quite well, but there is always room for improvement. If he believes in his own skills he will be back, and I am convinced of that. His abilities are really high.”

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