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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discusses Manchester United’s injury list

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man United

While Manchester United might have managed to take points off Liverpool on Sunday, it looks like that result has come at some price.

Having to use all three of their substitutions before the break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed the extent of their injury list.

Speaking ahead of United’s trip to Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, the Reds boss has announced that he could have up to 10 players missing through various injury issues.

 

Solskjaer’s selection dilemma

Although United did manage to cause a dent in Liverpool’s title ambitions, Sunday’s 0-0 draw was highlighted by a string of injuries to Solskjaer’s men.

United lost Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to injury in the first half, leaving the also injured Marcus Rashford to play the remainder of the match with an ankle problem.

Lingard was brought on to replace Mata midway through the first half against Liverpool but was substituted shortly before the break after appearing to aggravate a muscle injury.

The attacking trio join a star-studded injury list that consists of Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial.

Admitting that there are hardly any positives ahead of their trip to the capital on Wednesday, Solskjaer discussed United’s growing injury issues.

“There are not a lot of positives, no.

Matteo trained the other day, I don’t think he’ll be ready. Rashy, we’re still waiting to see how his ankle is responding to the treatment. The muscle injuries are too early to think about.

Phil has been ill, so he’s been out for a little while as well. Luckily, at centre-back there are quite a few fit ones.

Valencia is a bit off because he did his calf again. He’s still a few weeks off.

Martial is not going to be ready for this one, either. We can’t risk it. Maybe Southampton [on Saturday], but we’re not going to risk another one.”

With the United boss also confirming that 17-year-old Mason Greenwood is unavailable for selection, Solskjaer has announced that starlets Angel Gomes, James Garner and Tahith Chong have had been drafted in to make up the numbers.

With both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez being declared fully fit, the misfiring duo should see this as the perfect opportunity to earn a run in United’s starting XI.

The Reds currently sit one-point adrift of Arsenal in the race for Champions League football and are yet to be beaten domestically since Solskjaer’s arrival.

Full list of United injury issues: Valencia, Darmian, Jones, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood.

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