Man Utd boss Ten Hag fires warning to Fernandes and Rashford after Arsenal loss

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has warned injured stars such as Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford that if they cannot prove their fitness by playing before the FA Cup final, they will not get the chance to feature in the blockbuster Wembley tie with Manchester City. The influential duo both missed Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal through injuries, with the Portuguese captain also unlikely to return in midweek against Newcastle.

Ten Hag’s squad has been hit by injuries more than most throughout the Premier League campaign, having been unable to call upon the likes of Fernandes, Rashford, Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial, Viktor Lindelof or Tyrell Malacia for the visit of Arsenal.

The Dutchman will hope that several of those key figures will be able to return before the end of the season, but has warned the walking wounded that if they do not feature in the remaining two league matches then it will come at a price – missing out at Wembley.

“If you want to go into a hard game like the cup final you need the game practice and they know that,” Ten Hag said in the aftermath of Arsenal’s victory at Old Trafford.

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