Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopeful that the injury crisis will start to end this week

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have at least three more players available as United get ready to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening. For the past few weeks, United have had up to ten players on the sidelines through illness and injury.

Currently, United has Antonio Valencia (muscle), Matteo Darmian (knock), Alexis Sanchez (MCL), Phil Jones (illness), Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard (all hamstring) on the sidelines. Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic both made their returns from injury against Arsenal and Marcos Rojo has been on the bench for a number of recent matches.

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Solskjaer spoke about injuries during his post-match press conference after United’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. The Norwegian caretaker manager spoke about the number of injuries he has been dealing with, which also gave opportunities to the likes of Tahith Chong, James Garner and more recently, Mason Greenwood. Solskjaer said:

“No, we don’t have to choose. Because with the injuries we’ve had lately, that’s given us a great chance to give players game time. And they are coming back, maybe for Wolves.

“But after the international break we’ll have a full squad fit and the ones who’ve come in when the regulars have been injured have done really well. We’ll be ready for that.”

On Friday, it was revealed that Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera all took part in the training session, which in itself, suggested that the trio have recovered from their hamstring injuries, which would further boost Solskjaer’s squad for the visit to the Molineux, which is certain to be a tough match for United based on the current Wolves form.

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Solskjaer will be certain to give an update on the state of his squad during his pre-match press conference, which according to the schedule of MUTV, will be broadcast live on the channel from 09:00 GMT on Friday. Whether the likes of Lingard, Herrera, and Mata have endured enough training to be involved in this important match, will be seen then.

It will give the trio four days of training, as presumably, they will have had some involvement in training on Monday, even if the players involved in the Arsenal match on Sunday did not train, also giving them the sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday ahead of the press conference, plus Friday’s session. Perhaps they could be on the bench?

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