Erik ten Hag explains team selection v Newcastle

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Eriksen does not play for the first time since signing, due to illness, and Rashford is also not feeling 100 per cent, hence why he has dropped out of the XI.

“He [Eriksen] is ill, so we have some illness, also Rashford is under the weather and also feels not quite well but he has enough energy to play a couple of minutes in the game,” said Ten Hag to MUTV’s Stewart Gardner pitchside.

“We can talk about the players who are not there but we have a squad. We have seen in the last couple of games, how important the squad is. With the other players, we have confidence they can do the job and beat a tough opponent.

As for 17-year-old Mainoo’s inclusion, the boss added: “It’s not experience it’s about, they have to deliver. You are here to contribute to the team, to the team’s success, and that is why is here.”

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