Erik ten Hag: Manchester United still sweating over duo’s fitness but Anthony Martial set to face Aston Villa

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Anthony Martial will be in Manchester United’s squad to face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, Erik ten Hag has confirmed.

The Red Devils welcomed Martial’s return from a back injury in the defeat to the same opponents on the weekend and he is set to be fit for another outing on Thursday, although question marks remain over Jadon Sancho and Antony.

Ten Hag told reporters: “There are some players coming back and also some question marks.

“As you have seen, Anthony Martial, for the last 20 minutes, was back at Villa, so we are happy with that and we hope he can continue this tomorrow.

“He will be in the squad, we have to see, but he will have minutes, definitely, if he has recovered. Yesterday, we had a day off so, tonight, we have final training and then we will see. I think he's capable.

“On the rest, Jadon Sancho, we have to wait. And Antony, we have to wait, today, on final training.”

Ten Hag provided some detail for United’s World Cup plans with the visit of Villa and Sunday’s trip to Fulham in the league counting as their final matches before Christmas.

“We have a proper programme for them and they have a short time for relaxation, because after we return, around Christmas, we will go through to the end of May,” he said.

“So they will have a short period of relaxation off but then we will go to a training camp to Cadiz, we will play games, we will come back and play another game – hopefully we win tomorrow and have that next round of the Carabao Cup and then we have to be ready for the season to restart.

“It depends on how the players come back – and we have a plan for them – it depends on how far they come in the World Cup, when they return into training. That’s the idea.”