Sakho set to miss game against Man United

The two forwards were heralded as major signings when they arrived at Old Trafford, but neither would now be considered an automatic starter.

United's striker carried on, but looked set to be taken off before first-half injuries to Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and then the latter's replacement Jesse Lingard meant Rashford had to continue for the duration.

Of those five, Matic, Herrera, Lingard and Martial, as well as Juan Mata, have all picked up muscle injuries - something Solskjaer says is a outcome of a more intense playing style than they were used to under Mourinho.

Paul Merson has predicted that Manchester United will suffer their first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday due to injuries.

The only stalemate came against Liverpool in the Premier League over the weekend but even that performance was impressive, given the club sustained a triple injury blow within the first period.

The sheer number of injuries opens up the chance for young talent to be brought in, with highly-rated Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner all travelling to Selhurst Park.

Joking about the lengths United will have to go to in order to form a squad on Wednesday, Solskjaer, 46, added of his own involvement: "I don't think age is the problem".

"So, maybe Southampton, but we're not going to risk another one too early".

He concluded: "If Liverpool can get to March 4, the day after the Everton game, and they're top of the league, they are in a great position to win the league".

Has missed just one game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, playing the full 90 minutes in each.

"We've not had a session yet so I don't think there are a lot of positives, no", he told a pre-match news conference.

"Muscle is not so hard to get rid of and he's lean, but he's muscly".

Manchester United face Crystal Palace without a host of first-team players, meaning Brazil midfielder Fred gets a rare start in midfield.

"I am not here to be disappointed; I am here to help the players to play their best football".

"We need to take that as a mark of respect and not shy away from it, stand up to that and show them why there is respect".


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