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
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."