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Erik Ten Hag fears players are overloaded amid hectic fixtures after sixteen injuries

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Erik Ten Hag fears players are overloaded amid hectic fixtures after sixteen injuries

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed concerns over player fatigue and injuries due to the overloaded fixture schedule. United have suffered 16 injuries already this season amid a busy run of games in all competitions.

The Red Devils’ injury woes continued as defender Lisandro Martinez became the latest addition to the injury list after aggravating a foot injury. Ten Hag believes the congested schedule, which includes the winter World Cup and additional Nations League matches, is putting too much pressure on players.

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“Players can’t deal anymore with this overload and I think that’s what you see in this squad at the moment,” said the United boss. “We already expanded the squad this season because we make the reason clear. We had a World Cup in the middle of the season, we had a longer season, we had to play a longer season as well with the FA Cup (final), then Nations League games, a shorter break.”

Ten Hag argued that expanding the football calendar every year is taking too much of a toll on players. “Every time the schedule is expanding, the load on the players is too much, it’s such a great overload,” he said. “Many colleagues of mine have pointed to that, and I have pointed to that as well. But it keeps going. We keep expanding the schedule, it won’t stop.”

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The United manager provided a positive injury update, confirming midfielders Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay will return to the squad to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday after missing Tuesday’s Carabao Cup victory over the Eagles. Ten Hag expects a tougher match against Palace this time and knows they will be seeking revenge after their midweek cup defeat.

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