For Manchester United, the injury issues would start to mount up, with both Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial picking up problems vs West Ham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men would find themselves 1-0 down at half-time, playing arguably the worst football they’ve played all season. However, the Baby Faced Assassin would make a double-change at the break. From that point forward, the game would swing in our favour.
Well, now we know that those changes were forced. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since confirmed that United have been hit with a double blow as the key duo of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial were hit with injuries. Now, we’re sweating on their fitness ahead of the RB Leipzig game which takes place in just a couple of days…
First of all, I’d like to apologise for jinxing Cavani, who we were waxing lyrical about on the website just 24 hours ago. As for Martial, it just sums up his season as the Frenchman has massively struggled for any kind of form this term.
I guess this was to be expected this season. We’re talking about a condensed campaign in which more games than ever are being played across a shorter span. Every club was going to suffer at some point.
Solskjaer was asked about the injury and he’d mention Cavani had an issue:
“Injuries… so it’s unfortunate that sometimes you get muscle injuries and Edi had to come off with an injury, hopefully, it’s not too bad,” Ole said live on Sky Sports, transcribed by ManUtd.com.
Solskjaer was then asked directly about Martial. He responded:
“We lost him and Edinson. Hopefully [they’re] not too bad but they couldn’t carry on,”
“They’re not bad ones hopefully. We’ll do scans on them and hopefully they’ll be available soon.”
“There’s a game already on Tuesday. It’ll probably be [like this] this year. Some games we have to do without players and I’m glad we’ve got the substitutions we have.”
The good news is that Solskjaer seemed somewhat confident that these injuries aren’t long-term. Martial’s thigh problem looked like the worst one as he was immediately signalling to be brought off as soon as the injury happened.
As for Cavani, at the time it looked like a tactical switch and there was no hint of him needing treatment. You’d imagine he may well be available for next weekend’s Manchester derby. Who knows, the Uruguay international could be good to go on Tuesday, but you’ll imagine Solskjaer won’t want to risk him.
Suddenly, this United squad looks jam-packed with quality in pretty much every position. Now, if our young forwards can follow Cavani’s lead and start firing in the goals, I wouldn’t bet against us winning a trophy or two this season…