• Solskjaer on Man United injury crisis: There's not a lot of positives MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United caretaker

  • manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take a threadbare squad to

    Crystal Palace on Wednesday after losing 10 players to injury.

    Solskjaer told a news conference on Tuesday that there were

    "not a lot of positives" to report ahead of the trip to Selhurst

    Park after seeing his injury list grow during the 0-0 draw with

    Liverpool on Sunday.

    Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata suffered

    hamstring injuries during the first half at Old Trafford, while

    Marcus Rashford picked up a ankle problem, with the swelling

    so severe that he was unable to get his shoe on after the


    Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia

    and Anthony Martial are also sidelined.

    Youngsters Angel Gomes, James Garner and Tahith Chong

    have had been drafted in to make up the numbers. Mason

    Greenwood would have been included but is also injured.

    "There are not a lot of positives, no," Solskjaer said.

    "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.

    "The kids are joining in. They'll be involved in the squad."

    Marcos Rojo, limited to just two starts this season, is back

    after missing the last two months, while Scott McTominay and

    Andreas Pereira are set to feature after stepping in against


    Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are also fit, and Solskjaer

    said the injury problems had presented opportunities for the

    pair to nail down regular places.

    "It's a chance for them to play to their potential," he said. "The

    potential is high, the two are good mates, they link up well

    together, so this might be a chance for them to find some

    form and give me a selection headache for when everyone

    gets fit."

    United have needed late winners at Crystal Palace in each of

    the last two seasons and came back from 2-0 down to win

    3-2 at Selhurst a year ago.

    They will be in for another tough evening on Wednesday, with

    Roy Hodgson's side unbeaten in their last six games in all

    competitions and having won 4-1 at Leicester on Saturday -- a

    result that cost Leicester boss Claude Puel his job.

    "They are very, very good," Solskjaer said. "The game against

    Leicester was impressive.

    "The way Roy sets up his teams, we have to be good on the

    ball. We know that, on the counter-attack, they've got pace."

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  • adedokun on 26 Feb '19 - 12:14pm
    I pray United win against crystal palace
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