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Erik ten Hag receives triple Man United boost during international break



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Erik ten Hag has received some good news over the international break ahead of Manchester United’s return against Brentford next weekend.

Ten Hag’s side entered the break in the best way possible with a thrilling 4-3 win over Liverpool to enter the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Reds then received a favourable draw at Wembley, coming up against Championship side Coventry City while Manchester City and Chelsea face off in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa dropped points – giving United a better chance of chasing them down for the Champions League spots in the home stretch of the campaign.

Since then, Ten Hag has received some important news on several Reds who jetted off with their countries for the international break.

Firstly comes the update on Lisandro Martínez, who spent several days training with the Argentina camp and has since returned to Carrington. The defender’s recovery has gone well and he is in line for a return for the Brentford game.

However, it was not only news on injured players that has impacted United. Both Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot have received rests from Portugal which spells good news for Ten Hag.

Dalot was rested during Portugal’s 5-2 win over Sweden on Friday. He will appear in their next bout against Slovenia on Tuesday before returning to England.

Fernandes played 90 minutes on Friday, picking up a goal and an assist in the process, but has already been sent home from the Portugal camp.

The United captain has not returned to Carrington and has instead been gifted a rest until the end of the international break.

Fernandes and Dalot have been two of United’s most-played players this season, with 38 appearances each for Ten Hag’s side. Important resting periods over the international break will help them for the tail-end of the season.

Meanwhile, while some questioned Martínez travelling with his nation earlier this week, an early return to England and some good progress made is another positive for Ten Hag and the club.