Manchester United have been rolling recently. So-much-so that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named an unchanged side in his last three Premier League fixtures.
As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, the Baby Faced Assassin’s hand may be forced next time out. On Thursday, the Red Devils head to the Midlands to take on an Aston Villa side fighting for their lives.
However, United are sweating on the fitness of key man Victor Lindelof following the injury he picked up against Bournemouth. The Ice Man had to be substituted at half-time in that one.
Now, ahead of the game on Thursday, Solskjaer has admitted he is ‘not sure’ if he’ll ‘manage’ to be fit in time for this one – though he doesn’t completely rule Lindelof out.
“Not yet, no. It’s not too bad. He’ll play soon.” Solskajer told ManUtd.com.
“I’m not sure if he’ll manage the Villa game, but he might do.”
In the article, the official club website list 26-year-old Eric Bailly as the ‘obvious’ replacement. Given that both Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are also sidelined, United are suddenly down to the bare bones.
The other options are moving Luke Shaw in there, giving Timothy Fosu-Mensah a rare start or handing a debut to the mega-talented Teden Mengi. Personally, I’d give Bailly the nod and have Mengi on the bench if needs be.
Having a Victor Lindelof injury doubt at this stage is pretty concerning. Although the Swede may not be the most convincing defender in the world, he’s formed an excellent partnership with Harry Maguire.
These latest words from Solskjaer aren’t too different from what he said straight after the game. As things stand, though, there’s a chance he still makes it – but I wouldn’t hold my breath…