Sergio Reguilon was substituted during Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.
It was anything but a convincing performance at Turf Moor yet Erik ten Hag will be glad that his team finally earned three points after three losses in a row.
The Premier League clash was filled with dominance on the ball from Vincent Kompany’s side — however, it did seem like the United boss adjusted how his team approached the game out of possession to ensure more compactness.
Bruno Fernandes’ brilliant strike on the turn of half-time, which was assisted brilliantly by Jonny Evans on his second United debut, ended up being the difference between the two sides as The Clarets continue their run without a win in this Premier League campaign.
One of the main talking points — as is the norm at Old Trafford right now — was injuries.
Raphaël Varane and Sofyan Amrabat both appeared from the bench following set-backs, but Lisandro Martinez dropped out of the squad with a problem.
Perhaps more worrying, however, was the substitution of Sergio Reguilon towards the end of the game.
The loanee left-back appeared to be holding his hamstring moments before he was replaced by the returning Varane after 79 minutes on the clock.
Of course, the Spaniard was brought into the club as an emergency deadline day signing after injury to Luke Shaw left United without a recognised left-back, with Tyrell Malacia remaining out with an injury he picked up before the pre-season tour.
Fortunately; when asked about the change following the victory, Ten Hag explained that the full-back was unwell and that was the reasoning for the substitution, which suggests that him holding his hamstring was nothing serious.
“Reguilon was ill,” Ten Hag told TNT Sports. “That tells something about character and spirit they want to show.
“He was ill but wanted to play, wanted to support and contribute for the team.”
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