Marcus Rashford: Man Utd forward more than doubtful to face Wolves, says Erik ten Hag | Football News

Manchester United could be without leading scorer Marcus Rashford when they 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 have seen fourth-placed United enter the race for the top-four to rival fifth-placed Liverpool.

Speaking at his Friday press conference, Ten Haag confirmed United would be boosted by the return of centre-back Raphael Varane, who has missed the last seven games, but Rashford, the club’s top scorer this season with 29 goals But gave a corresponding forecast.

“Raphael Varane is back, Marcus Rashford is doubtful,” he said. “He has a problem with his foot, an injury, so it’s a big question mark for him. [Saturday],

Emphasizing how confident he was of Rashford’s performance, Ten Haag added: “Doubtful, more than doubtful. A big question mark.”

On Varan’s first appearance following United’s 2–2 Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Sevilla, Ten Haag said: “We are delighted that Varan is back. He has the experience, the knowledge to win. is, and he will guide us.”

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Raphael Varane has missed United’s last seven games

United must win Saturday’s match to keep Liverpool at arm’s length as Jurgen Klopp’s side make a late charge to try to break into the top four.

But despite the back-to-back defeats, Ten Haag said there was no panic in his team, who enjoyed a rare full week of preparation for the match amid a busy schedule.

“We’re confident with what we’re doing, we’ve had a lot of success, we’ve won a lot of games,” he said. “The way we work, the way we are playing, the formations are really clear but we have to execute them and show 100 per cent discipline in rules and principles. When we do that, we succeed “

On Liverpool’s run, he said: “We know but it doesn’t matter because we have everything in our hands… As long as we have everything in our hands we don’t depend on them.”

PL Predictions: Man Utd slip to open door for Liverpool

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Sky Sports’ Lewis Jones:

The goals flowed in like they never flowed in the Premier League last weekend, but don’t be lured by ephemerality. It looks like opposing game goals.

Manchester United are crawling towards their target of a top-four finish, playing in job-done mode rather than the much free-flowing football we are used to seeing at this time of the season. And with United’s recent malaise in front of goal, it’s easy to have a low-scoring encounter with Wolves, the league’s lowest scorers in the city.

Erik ten Haag’s men have scored just 14 goals in their last 14 games in all competitions, and eight of their last nine games in the Premier League have fallen below the 2.5 goals line, with just 1.5 total match goals scored per game .

The goal-shy nature of Wolves’ play under Julen Lopetegui has also been maintained – in fact, since the start of the 2020/21 season Wolves have averaged less than a goal per game, in 111 Premier League matches at just Scored 104 goals.

The market may have got the goal expectation wrong here, with 5/4 Sky Bets available on 2.5 goals down the line. Another United could falter.

Score Prediction: 0-0

Remaining fixtures of Man Utd

May 13: wolves (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 20: bournemouth (A) – Premier League, kick-off at 3 pm

May 25: Chelsea (H) – Premier League, Kick-Off 8pm, Live sky game

May 28: fulham (H) – Premier League, kick-off at 4.30 pm

June 3: Manchester City (N) – FA Cup Final, kick-off at 3pm

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