Manchester United could be missing nearly a full starting line-up of players after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided an injury update ahead of their Wednesday night fixture with Crystal Palace.
Solskjaer could be without as many as nine first-team players for the midweek clash at Selhurst Park, which isn’t even accounting for Marcus Rashford who limped through the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
The injury crisis was compounded against their Merseyside rivals when the Norwegian tactician was forced to make three substitutions before half-time.
The short turnaround for the next Premier League fixture has given no time for the Manchester United players to recover, meaning they are likely to face Palace without the services of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera or Antonio Valencia, among others.
“Well, the three we had to take off [Herrera, Lingard, Mata], they’re not going to be ready,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
“As for Rashy [Marcus Rashford], we’re going to work on him for as long as we can to see if he gets ready because that wasn’t as bad as we first feared, so luckily I don’t think we damaged it any more by him finishing the game.
“He might have a chance of playing. Then again I don’t think there’ll be anyone else coming back for this game. So there’ll be a chance for the kids.”
“Matteo [Darmian] trained the other day, I don’t think he’ll be ready yet, because he trained yesterday.
“Marcos [Rojo] has been training, so hopefully will be involved. The muscle injuries — it’s still early to think about them. There are quite a few players out.
“Phil has been ill, so he’s been out for a little while as well with an illness, but luckily at centre-back position there’s quite a few fit ones. Eric [Bailly], Chris [Smalling] and Victor [Lindelof], the three of them, they’re ready.”
“Valencia is a bit off, because he did his calf again, so he’s still a few weeks off. He’s started running, but he’s still a few weeks off.
“Martial is not going to be ready for this one either. We can’t risk it, so maybe [he’ll be back for] Southampton but we’re not going to risk another one too early.
“In hindsight maybe you can say Jesse was eager, he ticked all the boxes in training, had done all the recovery work and rehab, but maybe it was a couple of days too early, but then again it was Liverpool and he was desperate to be a part of it.”
Mason Greenwood can be considered the most unlucky of all, missing out on a golden opportunity to be involved with the United senior squad thanks to… injury.