Manchester United have two team news concerns ahead of a massive Manchester derby this weekend.
For the Red Devils, it’s now about securing their place in the Champions League places for next season. Let’s be real, even if we win at The Etihad on Sunday, the gap between ourselves and our cross-town rivals will still be 11 points.
Simply put, our title race is run and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that. However, for the fans, any derby is a massive one. Even if only for local bragging rights with their mates this week.
Well, ahead of that game, Solskjaer has confirmed a pair of concerns. United have been hit with a double blow, with United now sweating on the availability of a key duo…
Both David de Gea and Anthony Martial missed the Crystal Palace game. One through personal reasons, the other with a knee issue.
Check out what Ole had to say here:
“With David, it’s personal reasons. Anthony got a knock on Monday on his knee, so he’s not ready for this game.” Solskjaer told the media, including ManUtd.com.
“Hopefully he [Anthony] will be okay for the weekend but we’re not sure yet.”
Who knows what De Gea is dealing with, but hopefully, he and his loved ones are okay. When it’s personal reasons, you’re unsure in regards to a return date for a player and with only a few days before our big derby day showdown, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he’ll play.
As for Martial, Solskjaer sounded somewhat hopeful that the Frenchman will be available in some capacity, but again, it all depends on the severity of the knee injury.
You’d like to think that at the very least, Martial will be available off the substitutes bench. Looking at the sub options available to Solskjaer last night against Palace, they were pretty underwhelming in an attacking sense.
At the end of the day, we’d like to come out of this season with some pride and beating City could help out in that regard. For that to happen, we need all our best players available and playing. Make no mistake about it, Martial and De Gea are two of ou top performers.
Hopefully, they get well soon.