Man Utd face central defensive crisis ahead of Bournemouth trip

Date published: Friday 1st November 2019 10:32

Manchester United look set to be without their two first-choice centre-halves for Saturday lunchtime’s trip to face Bournemouth, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.

Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are heavy doubts for the clash, while striker Marcus Rashford also faces a late test after the trio picked up knocks in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

United head to Bournemouth on Saturday looking for a fourth successive away win in all competitions, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Rashford, Lindelof and Maguire need assessing.

“It’s still early,” the Norwegian said. “Hopefully we can get them back on the pitch tomorrow.

“They had some treatment yesterday, a little more treatment today, a light session and hopefully they’re ready. I can’t exactly tell you now.”

Paul Pogba remains sidelined with an ankle injury and Solskjaer does not expect him back until after the international break – the same timescale that Axel Tuanzebe – who could have filled in in the centre of defence – Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw face.

“They’re not ready for tomorrow, that’s the update,” said Solskjaer, who has also been without Diogo Dalot. “Probably after the international break.

“That is always the risk if you push them back too early, but if we have the two extra weeks after the international break, they should all be ready for then.”

Should Lindelof and Maguire join Tuanzebe on the sidelines, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo will go into the game as United’s only fit senior centre-half.

 

Those injuries make the trip to Bournemouth tougher, but United have dealt with such absentees admirably in recent games.

“It’s hard to evaluate after just 10 games and some cup games, but there have been some fine margins,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve played really well at times. We’ve developed a team spirit, an identity, more intensity, aggression in the team and suffered a bit from injuries.”

Manchester United, meanwhile, have been told to re-sign a former player who could be the ‘Godfather of Old Trafford’, rather than buying Mario Mandzukic.

 

 

 

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