Double injury doubt leaves Solskjaer to bring Man Utd pair in from cold

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2020 10:42 - James Marshment

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Manchester United have major concerns over Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof heading into Saturday’s clash against West Brom.

The pair both picked up back injuries during the recent international break and are early doubts for the game at Old Trafford.

Should the pair be ruled out, it will come as a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian went into the break with a morale-boosting 3-1 win at Everton. He will be hoping to maintain that winning moment against the winless Baggies on Saturday night.

Swedish outlet Fotboll Skanalen claim Lindelof needed some treatment on his back during their most recent training session, after feeling pain during their last fixture.

Martial, meanwhile, had to train alone ahead of the France v Sweden game – a match he didn’t feature in as a result.

The pair are now back at Old Trafford and undergoing treatment ahead of the Saturday’s game. Solskjaer is due to face the media on Friday morning and will provide an update on the duo.

Should the pair be ruled out, Solskjaer will likely turn to two men who are yet to feature much this season.

It’s reported Axel Tuanzebe is a contender to partner Harry Maguire in the heart of defence.



Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani has been pencilled in for his first start in attack. The Uruguayan scored his first goal for United in the win at Goodison.

Cavani seems certain to feature heavily with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford also facing tests ahead of the game.


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Deschamps praise for Martial

The absence of Martial would come as an untimely blow for Solskjaer.


The Frenchman produced arguably his best display of the season in the win at Goodison. Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, his all-round game will have impressed his manager.

And he appeared to have taken that form into international duty with France.

The 24-year-old was lively during the recent win over Portugal, and was praised by his manager.

Didier Deschamps said: “With years, he has also gained maturity. He is much more determined – he already had quality. Things are more concrete.

“I feel a bit unfortunate for him because he was not rewarded with a goal but he is very promising.”

United sit 14th with three wins from eight games. However, victory over West Brom on Saturday will likely move them into the top half of a condensed table.


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