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Erik ten Hag's Manchester United press conference details ahead of FC Sheriff Europa League fixture

Dylan Penketh

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Erik ten Hag's Manchester United press conference details ahead of FC Sheriff Europa League fixture

Erik ten Hag is due to speak to the media head of Manchester United's Europa League clash against FC Sheriff on Wednesday.

This fixture is due to be Manchester United's final fixture until October, as Sunday's clash against Leeds United has been postponed due to insufficient policing staff availability on that weekend.

As there is also an international break starting next week, those in the squad who have been selected for international duty will likely fly out to their respective countries on the weekend.

The press conference is due to take place at 18:00 BST on Wednesday, however this is subject to change.

The press conference will be streamed for free on Manchester United's official app, and all quotes will be available live on UtdDistrict.

Topics of conversation

Manchester United players pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. (Alamy)
Manchester United players pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. (Alamy)

Premier League cancellations

The major topic within football over the last week has been the cancelation of last weekend's fixtures out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth the second.

Erik ten Hag is likely to be asked about his opinion on the matter and potentially if he feels it has disrupted the rhythm his team was building in the Premier League.

Last time out

During the opening match week of the Europa League season, United lost 1-0 at Old Trafford to Real Sociedad through a controversial VAR penalty decision after a 'hand ball' from Lisandro Martinez.

As there was no post-match coverage of the fixture, Ten Hag is yet to be questioned on the match and more specifically the hand ball decision, however it wouldn't be out of character for the Dutch manager to not entertain the question and readjust the focus on to Thursday evening.

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Team news

Luke Shaw was a noticeable absentee for Manchester United against Real Sociedad, with Tyrell Malacia a firm starter so far this season.

Shaw was originally in line to start against the Spanish outfit, however was not present in training before the fixture and was left out of the squad.

Erik ten Hag will be questioned on the fitness of the Englishman, as well as any further updates on squad fitness in the last week.

The same will go for striker Anthony Martial, who has not played since Manchester United's victory over Liverpool in August.

Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were not included in the travelling squad, which will no doubt be a topic of conversation, too.

The fixture is due to take place on Thursday evening at 17:45 BST, with Ten Hag no doubt keen to get his squad back to winning ways.

United currently sit third in group E, with FC Sheriff top after their 3-0 victory over Omonia in the opening match of the group.

Featured Image Credit: Manchester United

Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Europa League

Dylan Penketh
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