MELBOURNE, Australia, Jul 14Manchester United captain Harry Maguire needs to be accessible to face Melbourne Victory after lacking their 4-0 thumping of Liverpool, supervisor Erik ten Hag mentioned Thursday whereas urging his staff to make use of their initiative.

The England defender was a conspicuous absence within the first recreation of the Purple Devils’ pre-season tour in Bangkok on Tuesday, watching from the sidelines after a knock in coaching.

In his place, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Alex Telles all bought time in central defence as an alternative.

However Ten Hag, who took over in Could after ending a profitable spell at Ajax, mentioned Maguire ought to play at the least 45 minutes in entrance of anticipated bumper crowd on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.

“He’s tomorrow accessible,” mentioned Ten Hag, whose facet additionally face Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in Australia. “We’ll see (how lengthy for). I believe he can play half a recreation.”

United head into Friday’s match with no recent harm considerations reported.

Whereas victory towards Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool bought the Dutchman off to a profitable begin, Ten Hag faces an enormous problem to rebuild the Outdated Trafford membership, who haven’t gained a trophy since 2017.

Whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo will probably be a part of these plans stays to be seen.

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The Portuguese celebrity has skipped the journey to Australia, disappointing followers, with stories that he needs to depart after United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Ten Hag insisted this week he was “not on the market” and mentioned on Thursday “nothing has modified”.

Up to now, Feyenoord full-back Tyrell Malacia is his solely signing, though United have been closely linked to former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.

Ten Hag had no information on them, however pointed to a crop of kids, like Ethan Laird, Hannibal and Alejandro Garnacho, “with big potential”.

“Now it’s about getting the potential out of them,” he mentioned, with all three little question desperate to get a chance on Friday.

– Take the initiative –

Regardless of lacking Ronaldo, United confirmed encouraging indicators in Thailand, with a constructive mentality scientific ending.

Ten Hag mentioned that’s the way in which he needs his staff to play.

“From each space of the staff, I need productiveness. That’s an important factor, that gamers take the initiative on and off the ball, in offense and defence,” he mentioned.

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“We wish to press, play proactive soccer, that needs to be the intention.

(Melbourne Victory) are a special opposition (to Liverpool), so we’d like a special strategy,” he added. “I believe they play at an excellent degree so we’re trying ahead to this recreation. It will likely be an excellent take a look at.”

His staff may come face-to-face with former Portugal and United winger Nani, who signed for Victory this week in one of many A-League’s greatest coups in years.

The 35-year-old, who spent eight years at Outdated Trafford, might make his debut towards his outdated membership.

“I want to, I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I simply arrived within the nation, and it’s a protracted flight, so there are many issues to do.”

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