‘s medical team are still investigating the injury to ‘s right knee before they will know how long the Dutchman faces on the sidelines.
Van de Beek hobbled out of Tuesday’s win over before half-time
It was a cruel end to what was only Van de Beek’s sixth start for RTP Slot United in two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, and Erik ten Hag admitted after the game that the injury ‘did not look good’.
Man United midfielder Donny van de Beek hobbled out of Tuesday’s win over Bournemouth
Asked for an update ahead of United’s FA Cup third-round clash with Everton on Friday night, the manager was still unable to give much clarity over Van de Beek’s condition.
‘Not really, we are still doing investigations,’ said Ten Hag, who confirmed that Anthony Martial is fit after he also went off against Bournemouth.
Ten Hag is hoping to deliver United’s first trophy since 2017 as United kick off their FA Cup campaign before facing Charlton Athletic in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Tuesday. His team are fourth in the Premier League and also face Barcelona in a Europa League play-off next month.
Van de Beek’s leg bent backwards under a challenge from Marcos Senesi in the first-half
The Dutchman agreed that winning silverware can be the launchpad to more success, not least because it gets players into the winning habit and mind-set.
‘We have a lot of opportunities to win a trophy, we are still in many competitions,’ added Ten Hag. ‘To win a trophy is something great. It will give you experience and help you to win more titles and more trophies, maybe also bigger trophies. That is definitely true.
‘So first you have to go over the limit and get that experience, because it’s always the same players winning trophies and that’s not a coincidence.
‘It has to do, of course, with his capabilities and often with mentality. I think we have some players in this team who have that experience and can help us.’
The Man United midfielder was clearly in agony after Senesi (right) slipped into a sliding tackle