Man Utd boss Ten Hag happy giving Dubravka Cup chance

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has praised Martin Dubravka for his experience as he made his debut for the club against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.

Dubravka, on-loan from Newcastle, had an assured game in a 4-2 win over Villa at Old Trafford in the third round of the competition on Thursday.

Pre-game, ten Hag spoke to reporters about the decision to rotate his keepers and give David de Gea a rest.

“I think he’s [Dubravka] experienced, he’s played so many games in the Premier League and for the national team, so he will know what’s coming,” Ten Hag told MUTV.

“He will be composed, he’ll lead the back four, so I don’t have doubts about that.

“He is [Anthony Martial fit], otherwise I wouldn’t have put him on. Of course, we are happy with it, he’s back, but he needs game practice. He starts the game and we’ll see how far he can come. Jadon [Sancho] is ill, Cristiano [Ronaldo] is ill and Antony is injured.

“We have to give everything and more than the weekend, as that was not good enough.”