Erik ten Hag says Marcus Rashford and Jonny Evans played Manchester derby injured and gives worrying update on pair

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed that two of his players started the Manchester derby while injured.

The Red Devils boss was speaking after his side were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, revealing that Marcus Rashford and Jonny Evans were playing through the pain.

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Ten Hag gave an update on two of his players post-matchCredit: Getty

United took the lead in the game through a stunner from Rashford but they were not able to hold on.

Phil Foden scored a double before Erling Haaland added a third in stoppage time to seal the win for Pep Guardiola’s men.

It was the third straight derby defeat for Ten Hag and after the game, he admitted some of his team weren’t fit.

He told Sky Sports: “We had two players on the pitch which were not 100 per cent [fit]. Jonny Evans and Marcus Rashford.

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“But they gave everything like the whole team and we are disappointed with the score.”

The Red Devils boss was then pressed on what their conditions are like post-match and his answer could worry fans.

“I don’t know,” Ten Hag responded. “They had to come off, but I preferred to keep them on as the organisation was very good.”

Evans’ game ended on 69 minutes as he was taken off for academy player Willy Kambwala before Rashford was substituted for Antony in the 75th minute.

Rashford scored a stunner but played the derby with an injury

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Rashford scored a stunner but played the derby with an injuryCredit: Getty
Evans also played with a knock before coming off in the 69th minute

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Evans also played with a knock before coming off in the 69th minuteCredit: Getty

And it was after they were taken off that Man City scored their second and third goals, proving this enforced decision to be a costly one.

If they are to have worsened their issues, it could also be costly for Man United’s season too as their injury woes continue.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Rasmus Hojlund were all sidelined for the derby.

Away from the injuries, Ten Hag wasn’t too displeased with his side’s performance as a whole though and remained positive about their chances of getting a Champions League place.

He told Sky Sports: “This year we are really progressing and you have to get some points back.

“Everyone can beat everyone and things can quickly turn around.

“Number five [fifth position in the league] can also be a position for Champions League so we have to fight for it!”



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