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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was not particularly concerned about the injury suffered by Alejandro Garnacho on Sunday despite him requiring crutches as he left Old Trafford.
Garnacho was introduced in the second half of United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton and went down hurt during the latter stages under a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters.
The Southampton defender won the ball on the stretch in the penalty area, but Garnacho’s right ankle appeared to get trapped between Walker-Peters’ legs.
Garnacho looked to be in agony but managed to play on until he was withdrawn in stoppage time as Ten Hag sought to bolster 10-man United at the back.
He was subsequently spotted leaving the stadium with the support of crutches.
Erik ten Hag provided an update on the injury @agarnacho7 picked up during the Southampton fixture.#MUFC || #MUNSOU
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“He was a little bit limping after the bad tackle,” Ten Hag told reporters.
“In the end they brought on another striker, a big and tall one [Paul Onuachu] and I don’t want to go for risk, we were already downsized to 10 [men].
“I didn’t want to go with players who were [just] 90 per cent [fit]. That’s why I called him off, but I think it is not too bad.”
United are next in action on Thursday as they go to Seville to face Real Betis in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.
They take a 4-1 aggregate lead to the Benito Villamarin after a comprehensive win at Old Trafford in the first leg.