Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals the real reason behind Man Utd’s injury crisis

Manchester United have been left reeling by their recent injury crisis.

The Red Devils could be missing as many as 10 players when they head to Crystal Palace tonight (Wednesday) after seeing a number of players pull up with issues.

Marcus Rashford suffered an ankle knock against Liverpool on Sunday whilst Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are all dealing with muscle problems.

Young guns Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner have all been called up to Solskjaer’s senior squad for the trip to Selhurst Park as a result of their injury worries.

The Norwegian caretaker boss admits their more intense attacking style since he took over from Jose Mourinho is likely to be behind their fitness concerns.

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Yet he insists his side will not change their more high-paced approach as he urged his players to adjust to the physical demands of his tactics.

“It’s probably linked, yes,” Solskjaer said when asked if their more intense playing style might have caused their injuries.

“When do you make that change, do you wait until pre-season and think you will change results by just not asking them to run, or do we start now and show them what the demands of intensity are and how we want to play?

“And, of course, you have seen what I have chosen. I have chosen that we need to play as a Man United team, and if you want to be a part of Man United, it’s a survival of the fittest, isn’t it?”

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Alexis Sanchez is in line to start as a result of United’s injury concerns (Image: Reuters)

Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Mason Greenwood are also on the injury list ahead of tonight’s game.

It is set to open the door for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to start, whilst out-of-favour summer signing Fred could also feature.

Solskjaer’s side are now embroiled in a fierce battle for a top four spot, trailing Arsenal by one point as the Gunners host Bournemouth tonight.


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