Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has hit out at the gruelling schedule for his team with several key players suffering injuries.
United face a trip to managerless Leeds on Sunday just days after they played out a 2-2 draw against their Yorkshire rivals in the re-arranged reverse fixture at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag’s side have been on a poor run of form lately picking up just one win in their last four league games so will be hoping to turn things around when they visit Elland Road.
The Red Devils are the only English side left in four different competitions which has resulted in a tough schedule of fixtures, particularly in February with the culmination of the Carabao Cup and the return of the Europa League.
Ahead of the game against Leeds Ten Hag was quick to comment on his sides’ tough fixture schedule and the impact it is having on the players.
“Definitely, it’s a tough season,” said Ten Hag. “With the World Cup in between, there’s an overload on the players, that’s quite clear. The load on them is too much.”
‘Triple injury blow’
The packed calendar has resulted in injuries to several key players with three more expected to be absent from the clash on Sunday.
Ten Hag has ruled out Antony, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay for the trip and said he does not expect the trio to be available for the club’s Europa League play-off leg against Barcelona either.
Star midfielder Casemiro also remains suspended and Christian Eriksen is out until April making things a lot harder for the Dutch manager.
United have an incredible opportunity to lift their first major trophy since 2017 when they face Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final on 26 February.
However, their chances of winning are looking a lot worse due to their poor form and the injuries they have started to sustain.