Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The news has been confirmed by coach Ten Hag himself, as Van de Beek is expected to return to the green fields only next season. The last time the player was active for United was against Bournemouth on January 3, where he was substituted near the end of the first half.
Coach Ten Hag commented on the situation:
"In the long term, things look good. He will be ready for the pre-season challenges, for the rest of the season he will be unavailable. I think we are all thinking about him at the moment. When you get an injury during the season it's terrible...it's always very disappointing and we're there for the players."
The Dutch technician added:
"The players feel that we are building something good and they want to be a part of it, they all want to be a part of it."
Ten Hag also confirmed the news of the loan transfer of Wout Weghorst. However, the coach announced that the attacker will not be ready for the challenge against City. The "Red Devils" will face their historical opponents the next day. The English media revealed that the leaders of United are not interested in buying the Dutchman's card, as they only want the loan until the end of the season.
A win over Manchester City would cut the gap between the two teams to just 2 point, a remarkable achievement for United considering their troubled start to the season. On the other hand, Pep Guardiola's men must definitely win, to be as close as possible to the leading Arsenal. The match is expected to be very hard-fought, despite City's dominance in the last derby between the teams.