Erik Ten Hag chooses emergency Man Utd ‘centre-back test’ as injuries cause havoc

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly testing an ’emergency’ centre-back pairing ahead of the Red Devils’ FA Cup clash with Coventry. The team is facing a shortage of fit players in defensive positions due to numerous injuries and illnesses among the squad this season. The situation has led Ten Hag to consider using Casemiro as a center-back in the upcoming match, alongside the only fit player in the position, Harry Maguire.

The extent of the problem has forced Ten Hag to test the unconventional pairing of Maguire and Casemiro in training. Casemiro, known for his proficiency in midfield, has been sparingly utilized as a centre-back during his time at Real Madrid. His potential role in defense poses a challenge for United, as he may face the task of containing an in-form striker, Ellis Simms.

In addition to the defensive concerns, the team is also dealing with absences in midfield, with players like Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount ruled out for the upcoming game. However, the return of Scott McTominay to training provides a much-needed boost for Ten Hag. The pressure is mounting on Ten Hag, with the possibility that an FA Cup triumph might be necessary to secure his position, given the team’s struggles to secure a Champions League qualification spot.

Despite the challenging circumstances, the manager remains resolute, emphasizing the rarity of having a fully fit squad available for selection during his tenure.

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