Winning Strategy: Erik ten Hag Meet Up Sir Alex Ferguson Ahead Of Europa League Clash With FC Barcelona
On Thursday evening, Old Trafford will host a highly anticipated Europa League clash between Manchester United and Barcelona.
In a thrilling encounter last week, the two European giants battled to a 2-2 draw, with Raphinha’s late goal denying the Red Devils a notable victory at Camp Nou. Managers Erik ten Hag and Xavi are set to face off again in Manchester, striving to guide their teams into the last 16.
However, Barcelona’s chances are hampered by significant injury setbacks and a crucial suspension.
Following their confidence-boosting 3-0 victory over Leicester on Sunday, Manchester United are in high spirits and still very much in the Premier League title race.
While manager Erik ten Hag has a crucial EFL Cup final clash with Newcastle in mind, he has received valuable advice from an old acquaintance ahead of this critical week.
In the latest news from Old Trafford, ten Hag revealed that he had dinner with the legendary former Red Devils boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, on Tuesday evening.
Over drinks and a meal, the Dutchman sought to glean some wisdom and insights from Ferguson before the club’s upcoming crucial fixtures.
Expressing his admiration for those with a wealth of knowledge and experience, ten Hag shared that Ferguson is deeply committed to Manchester United and eager to offer support.
Reflecting on their meeting, the Dutchman said, “We are doing well. It was a great night, and I look forward to the next night with him.”
In preparation for Thursday’s match against Barcelona, it is anticipated that Harry Maguire and Antony will be fit for selection.
The two players have been absent from recent games, with Antony’s last appearance being on February 4th and Maguire missing the weekend’s victory against Leicester due to a knee injury.
During his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag stated, “We still have the training to go, but I expect both Harry and Antony to be available. Unfortunately, Anthony Martial will not be able to play. Although he has returned to the pitch, we must wait.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s coach, Xavi, will be without Gavi as he is suspended. Furthermore, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, and Ousmane Dembele continue to be out due to injuries.