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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer upbeat despite Manchester United's injury headache

 

Injury doubt: Marcus Rashford
Injury doubt: Marcus Rashford

By Simon Peach

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing an injury crisis with up to 10 players set to miss Manchester United's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace tonight.

As if bolstering their top-four chances at Selhurst Park was not hard enough, United are having to deal with a glut of absentees.

Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones missed Sunday's goalless draw with Liverpool, in which Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were forced off.

All six will be missing at Palace, as will long-term absentees Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian along with highly-rated 17-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Marcus Rashford's ankle injury also makes him a doubt for a match that caretaker boss Solskjaer approaches with a positive mindset.

"We've not really had a session yet, so I don't think there are a lot of positives," the former United striker said. "We'll have a good team out on the pitch. There'll be a chance for others.

"I've been sat on the outside getting a chance when this had happened.

"The players who came in (against Liverpool), Scott (McTominay) and Andy (Andreas Pereira), they did fantastic."

Marcos Rojo, who last played on December 12, is set to be involved tonight but, given his peripheral role, it is hardly a major boost for a Red Devils side who are eager to avoid any more setbacks after rushing back Lingard too soon.

"Martial is not going to be ready for this one," Solskjaer said. "We can't risk it.

"So, maybe Southampton, but we're not going to risk another one too early.

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