Manchester United could be without leading scorer Marcus Rashford when look to get their Champions League qualification bid back on track against Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time since August has seen fourth-place United open the door to fifth-place rivals Liverpool in the race for a top-four finish.
Ten Hag confirmed United would be boosted by the return of centre-back Raphael Varane, who has missed the last seven matches, but delivered a concerning prognosis on Rashford.
“Raphael Varane is back, Marcus Rashford is doubtful,” the United boss said.
Asked what problem Rashford had, he added: “He has a problem, an injury, so he is a big question mark for [Saturday], but we are happy Varane is back.”
Pushed on how confident he was Rashford would feature, Ten Hag continued: “Doubtful, more than doubtful. A big question mark.”
More to follow…
Sky Sports’ Lewis Jones:
Goals flowed like they have never flowed before last weekend in the Premier League but don’t be lured in by short-termism. This game looks one to oppose goals.
Manchester United are crawling towards their goal of a top-four finish, very much playing in job-done mode rather than the free-flowing football we’re accustomed to seeing at this time of the season. And with United’s recent malaise in front of goal, the case for a low-scoring encounter is an easy one to make with the league’s lowest scorers Wolves in town.
Erik ten Hag’s men have scored just 14 goals in their last 14 matches across all competitions, and eight of their last nine matches in the Premier League have fallen under the 2.5 goals line with just 1.5 total match goals scored per game.
The goal-shy nature of Wolves’ games has also maintained under Julen Lopetegui – in fact, since the start of the 2020/21 season Wolves have averaged less than a goal every game, scoring just 104 goals in 111 Premier League matches.
The market may have got the goal expectancy wrong here, with 5/4 with Sky Bet available on the game falling under the 2.5 goal line. Another United wobble could be on the cards.
SCORE PREDICTION: 0-0
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