Manchester United Football Club could be about to receive some hugely welcome injury news.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was without ten first-team faces for Manchester United’s slender 1-0 victory over West Ham yesterday. It was pretty noticeable, particularly as the Baby Faced Assassin chose not to make a substitute.
In the end, though, three points was the most important thing, as several sides in and around us dropped points, only strengthening our position to secure a top-four finish.
This midweek, attentions turn back to Europa League action. United are currently drawing 1-1 with AC Milan, in a tournament which probably represents the Red Devils’ best chance at a trophy.
Well ahead of that game, Solskjaer has confirmed a massive injury lift for United. The Reds are hopeful that as many as five key first-teamers can return for the second leg against the Serie A outfit.
Check out what Solskjaer had to say here:
“We hope, we actually hope all five of them will be back,” the boss told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“David [De Gea] hopefully, Donny [van de Beek], Edinson [Cavani], Paul [Pogba] maybe, and Anthony [Martial] is very likely to be back. So a stronger squad to travel to Italy with.”
This is massive news, even if these guys are only fit enough to make the bench. Against West Ham, Ole’s only attacking options as substitutes were Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo. Both immensely talented, yes, but both probably aren’t ready for this pressure situation.
Winning over the course of a long season is about squad depth. Until the last few weeks, we’ve been pretty fortunate with injuries. Credit where it’s due, United have coped relatively well without a massive chunk of their squad.
If we can somehow get by AC Milan, head into the international break and rest up for a fortnight, I’d seriously fancy us to make a real run at the Europa League title.
All eyes are on Thursday night, though, in a game that’s not going to be easy to win against an excellent side.