Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v M'boro

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Riverside Stadium

Last Game

M'boro 4 - 0 Brentford

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Mowbray considers McManus call

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Stephen McManus could be set for a shock recall to his starting XI.

Last Updated: 18/02/13 at 10:08 Post Comment

Stephen McManus: Could be drafted back in

Stephen McManus: Could be drafted back in

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

McManus last played for Boro back in October during their win at Watford, but soon after that he was loaned to Bristol City.

He returned to the Riverside after his spell at Ashton Gate and was on the bench for their loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend.

With Jonathan Woodgate and Seb Hines sidelined, George Friend was switched from his usual left-back position at Selhurst Park but, with four goals conceded, Mowbray could bring back McManus for their match with Burnley on Tuesday.

"Stephen was at Palace sitting on the bench, so let's see what happens," said Mowbray.

"If we need Stephen, we'll have to do what we need to do. Centre-halves have got to play in their position, so if Stephen's required, he'll play."

Mowbray did not shy away from the fact his defence has been alarmingly poor in recent weeks.

"It's becoming a concern," said the Boro boss. "To lose three at Derby, four at Ipswich and then four again at Palace, it's a worry.

"Yet there are personnel reasons. I could give you our first-choice back four, and at the minute, you'd have to say that three of them aren't playing. That's football and you have to get on with it. The squad is only ever as strong or as weak as the numbers underneath what you would call the first XI. That's what football is.

"If we've got Hoyte, Woodgate and Hines injured, you have to take it on the chin and get on with it. Unfortunately, I don't think any of them will have a chance for Tuesday."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

No concerns over Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will continue to deliver at the highest level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest injury comeback.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property