Manchester United suffered the results of Erik ten Hag’s unfortunate prediction ahead of kick-off, with multiple players suffering from injuries against Real Madrid.
Despite some positive performances, the fixture was overshadowed by injuries to Kobbie Mainoo, Scott McTominay, and Bruno Fernandes, with the former having to be substituted for Christian Eriksen.
Mainoo exited the pitch with injury just five minutes into the fixture, moments before Jude Bellingham scored, and although Fernandes was not substituted due to injury, it was noted that just as the half-time whistle blew, he went down and had to receive treatment.
The same happened for McTominay at full time, where he had to receive medical care for a problem on his knee once the game was called to an end.
Fernandes is well known to play through any injury problems, but although his injury must have been minor, it may still be something to watch during United’s final three pre-season fixtures.
It was a point that Erik ten Hag made ahead of kick-off, where he admitted ahead of kick-off that he was worried about potential injuries after being asked about the state of the pitch.
“Not too good to be honest, but yes we have to deal with that,” he told MUTV before the start of the tie when asked about his opinions of the pitch.
“Sometimes in the [Premier] League also you have bad pitches and you have to deal with that.
“Hopefully, it does not lead to injuries, because that is always the main thing – You want to avoid injuries before you go into the season.”
Andy Cole also commented on the pitch ahead of kick-off, explaining that it was not up to the standards that the players will be used to.
The pitch was watered just ahead of kick-off and during half-time, showing that even those in charge of the stadium understood that the pitch was dry and patchy, no doubt due to the hot weather in Huston, Texas.
Hopefully, the injuries are not too serious, with updates expected in the coming days.
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