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Champions League | Group Stage
Nov 29, 2023 at 5.45pm UK
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Manchester United pair Rasmus Hojlund, Antony fit for Galatasaray match

Man United pair Hojlund, Antony fit for Galatasaray match
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Manchester United duo Rasmus Hojlund and Antony are available for Wednesday's Champions League contest with Galatasaray.

Manchester United pair Rasmus Hojlund and Antony are available for Wednesday's Champions League contest with Galatasaray in Istanbul.

Hojlund was absent for Sunday's 3-0 win over Everton in the Premier League due to a muscular strain that he suffered in the home success over Luton Town before the international break.

Antony, meanwhile, was also unavailable for the contest with the Toffees due to a minor issue.

Both players were able to train with the first team on Tuesday morning, though, and Red Devils head coach Erik ten Hag confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the pair are in the squad for the European clash.

"They are in the squad," said Ten Hag when asked about the duo.

Hojlund has scored five times in the Champions League this season, but Anthony Martial made the most of his opportunity to start against Everton on Sunday, winning a penalty before later scoring in a strong performance.

Manchester United forward Antony on November 1, 2023© Reuters

Man United have lost three of their four matches in the group stage of the Champions League this season, with a total of three points leaving them down in fourth spot in the section.

The 20-time English champions are only one point behind both third-placed Galatasaray and second-placed Copenhagen, though, ahead of the huge clash with the Turkish giants.

"For us it is really important to be in the competition, with the best clubs in Europe. It would be disappointing if we didn't go through," Ten Hag added.

"Our focus is on winning this game, where the atmosphere will be intense. You want to be in these stages. We have to enjoy the challenge.

"You have to stay calm in your head, don't get too emotional. You have to control it. Don't give them anything, don't give the referee a moment they can take. We know how to deal with it. We have to make it our game."

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag pictured before the match on November 4, 2023© Reuters

Ten Hag also insisted that he would have no problems naming Kobbie Mainoo in his XI on Wednesday following the 18-year-old's excellent performance on his full Premier League debut against Everton.

"If players are good enough, they are old enough," the Dutchman said when questioned on the academy product.

"We are very pleased, but it is one performance. You have to do it on a consistent base. We are confident he can do it, but you have to prove it. You are only as good as your last game.

"Enjoy it first, but keep the focus on the game. Don't get distracted. It is about the game, focus on your game, your performance and get the right levels in."

Despite Hojlund and Antony both returning, Man United will again be missing Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount, Jonny Evans, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo through injury, while Marcus Rashford is unavailable for selection due to a European suspension.

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