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Ten Hag willing to risk Casemiro, Fernandes sanctions

SEVILLE, Spain — Erik ten Hag said he is ready to risk Bruno Fernandes and casemiro against Real Betis on Thursday despite the threat of sanction.

The Manchester United midfield pair are one booking away from missing the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final if Ten Hag’s side advance.

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United lead Betis 4-1 from the first leg in Manchester but Ten Hag insists that Fernandes and Casemiro, who has been given a four-match national ban after receiving a red card against Southampton on Sunday, will play in Spain. .

“They will play both because he is a very good opponent,” Ten Hag said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Last week we had a good result, but you need your best players, we need a result, we need a win.”

United are without anthony after the winger missed the trip to Seville due to illness. Alejandro Garnacho is also out after suffering an ankle ligament injury during the goalless draw with Southampton, but Ten Hag says there is hope the teenager can return before the end of the season.

“It will take weeks, so it is a serious injury,” added the United manager. “A serious injury once again after christian eriksen. “He’ll be back at the end of the season.

“He has to deal with it, deal with the setback and come back for the end of the season. We can win a lot, so he has to be ready as soon as possible.”

Garnacho is the latest United player to suffer a long-term injury after Eriksen and Donny van deBeek. antonio martial He has also missed most of the campaign and Ten Hag said injuries have prevented him from naming his first-choice XI in all but one game this season – a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Old Trafford. in january.

“When you see that throughout the season we had a few hiccups, every time we dealt with it,” Ten Hag said. “It’s all about the players that are available and every time there’s a team on the field that deals with that.

“In one game we had the team fully available and I can choose my team because of the perfect tactical approach and it was against Man City at home this season and every other time there is a player suspended, injured or ill.

“We have to manage it well, but Arsenal all the time their team is fully available.”