Manchester United have Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof injury concerns following last night’s 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Red Devils would win convincingly, retaking control of their Champions League group sitting on nine points. However, it seemingly came at a cost.
With games coming thick and fast, across multiple competitions, injuries are inevitable. Now, United are sweating on the fitness of a key duo ahead of the all-important Southampton game this weekend.
Defensive duo of Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the issues. The former had been suffering with a back problem coming back from Sweden duty, though he’d have to be taken off at half-time in this one as the problem flared up again.
As for Wan-Bissaka, it’s an ankle issue. The immediate concern was that the right-back would head straight down the tunnel, presumably for treatment in order to try and control the ankle problem before it gets any worse…
Check out what Solskjaer had to say on both injuries here:
“Hopefully they’ll be ready for the weekend,” Solskjaer told the media after the game, with the Manchester Evening News picking up the quotes. “It’s ankle for Aaron and back for Victor. There was no point taking any more risks.”
This is the issue with this condensed season. Players are inevitably going to go down with little problems here or there and eventually, the human body just cannot take anymore punishment.
I fully expect 2020/21 to go down as the worst season in history in regards to players missing time, but I guess that’s the hand these clubs have been dealt – and it’s why you have a huge squad.
United are in a good position in regards to depth now. Brandon Williams is more than capable of coming in and making a huge impact in the right-back slot, while Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe are waiting in the wings to play at centre-half if needed.
It’s just a shame for these guys who may now have to miss some time, depending on the severity of the issues. Hopefully, both Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof can overcome these injury problems and be available. Southampton are in impressive form and I’d feel far more comfortable if we can put out our best XI.
For now, it’s just a waiting game. Hopefully, Solskjaer will have more news for us during his pre-match press conference on Friday.