Manchester United simply must be heading back to Manchester with all three points this evening. Anything less than that will continue to raise questions about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heading into the international break.
The Old Trafford club have been struggling over the last month or so, and injuries certainly haven’t helped that. Well today, another name has been added to the ever-growing list – with Victor Lindelof missing.
Solskjaer was asked why the Swede wasn’t in the match-day squad to take on Newcastle today, with the Baby Faced Assassin revealing that the Ice Man’s back locked in the final few minutes of the game against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.
“It was his (Lindelof’s) back that locked in the last few minutes. We hoped he was going to recover, he actually travelled here today.” Solskjaer said live on Sky Sports before the game, per the Manchester Evening News.
Quite frankly, the pitch United played on last time out was just unacceptable. Not only did Lindelof succumb to injury because of it, but Jesse Lingard picked up a problem within a few minutes of coming on.
At the highest level, footballers shouldn’t have to play on pitches that I’d have a kick about with my mates on – particularly when you’re risking serious injury.
Anyway, Lindelof’s absence does present Axel Tuanzebe with an opportunity to play in a Premier League at centre-back – and I’m intrigued to see what the young 21-year-old can do…