Erik ten Hag gives injury update on key Manchester United player ahead of Melbourne clash

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Erik ten Hag has confirmed Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is available for Friday’s pre-season friendly against Melbourne Victory at Melbourne Cricket ground.

The Manchester United captain missed the 4-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday in Thailand due to a minor knock.

In his absence, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof started at centre-back, before being replaced at half-time by Eric Bailly and Alex Telles.

Ten Hag confirmed Maguire is available for selection for Friday’s clash between Manchester United and Melbourne Victory.

“He is available,” Ten Hag confirmed, speaking at his pre-match press conference. “We will see [if he will play 45 minutes], but I think he can play half a game.”

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is also fully fit. He went off in the second-half against Liverpool after appearing to pull up with a minor complaint.

Ten Hag admitted Manchester United have a fully fit squad ahead of the game against Melbourne Victory.

“Our squad is full,” Ten Hag added. “We are at full capacity and we have a strong squad, so the fans will be happy.”

Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory captain Josh Brillante has warned Manchester United that the Australian side will put in a top performance when both teams meet on Friday.

“It’s definitely different to what we’re normally used to,” Melbourne Victory captain Josh Brillante told ESPN.

“They’re a massive powerhouse in the Premier League and their style of football is very different to ours. We don’t always get the chance to play someone like that so it’s going to be a great experience for us.

“No matter who we’re playing we’re always looking to put in a top performance and tomorrow night is no different.

“I think everyone is just super excited to get out there, the atmosphere is going to be lightning so it gives you that extra buzz.

“It feels like we just finished the season not too long ago, a couple of weeks back into training and let’s kick off the first preseason game against Man United.

“So, the buzz has been there for a while now and it’s a great game to kick off with, to show where we’re at as a team.”