Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Manchester United dealt another blow as Wolves tie awaits

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has restored hope to Manchester United ‘s desire of finishing in the Top four but they have been dealt another blow ahead of the FA cup tie.

Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Manchester United ’s FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves due to an ankle injury. The Belgian striker suffered the injury during a tackle from Marquinhos in United’s Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain last week. Lukaku was able to play in United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last Sunday but aggravated the injury and is now expected to miss the clash with Wolves on Saturday.

“We are hopeful”

Solskjaer, however, seemed to play down any concerns regarding the Belgian’s availability this weekend. The caretaker manager confirmed that the player had sustained an injury to his foot. “He’s had a sore foot this week so he’s being assessed,” he said. “Hopefully he’ll get through today.”

The Norwegian also discussed the prospects of having other players available as well. “There’ve been so many players out but Phil Jones is back, Anthony [Martial] is back, Ander [Herrera] has been training, Jesse [Lingard] has been training and we’ve got a decision to make tomorrow on who’s match fit.”

Update on the Alexis Sanchez situation

Solskjaer hopes Alexis Sanchez could be back from his knee injury for the season run-in. The Chilean’s wretched luck with injuries continued when he jarred his knee against the Saints. He has been away in Barcelona as he steps up his rehabilitation but there is every chance he will be available again before the campaign ends.

“He’s coming back on Sunday,” Ole announced at the press conference. “He’s not been on grass yet, so he’s been seeing his people in Barcelona. So he’s still a few weeks away, yeah, but if we get to around Everton, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, that period, he’ll probably be available. Hopefully [that is the case].“

Manchester United

When asked if United will see the best of the 30-year-old, Solskjaer replied, “I hope so. You can never be 100 per cent sure of course, but Alexis is such a determined lad and he loves football. So I’m sure he’s doing everything he can when he comes back, to show his best side.“

Author’s Take

Romelu Lukaku would be a big loss for Solskjaer and his men. Despite missing some spectacular chances against the Gunner, Lukaku has found his goalscoring boots in the recent weeks.

With a tough run of fixtures approaching, Ole wouldn’t want any more additions to the medical room. Regarding Alexis Sanchez, this might his last chance to prove himself in the United red. The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping that Lukaku and Alexis can replicate their off-field comradery on it as well.

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