Manchester United are the latest English side on the verge of injury crisis with the addition of Alex Telles and David De Gea to compound injury woes.
United were runaway victors at St Mary’s on Sunday but at a huge cost as Devils number one, De Gea was substituted at half-time following an injury sustained after colliding with the woodwork in a bid to stop James Ward-Prowse’s eventual free-kick goal.
Things turned pretty worse for the Red outfit when new left-back, Alex Telles was also forced off late on as United’s injury concerns continue to mount.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have an intense selection headache on Wednesday when United tackle the Parisians for a place in the round 16 of the Champions league with several key players including, Pogba, Shaw, Martial and McTominay already nursing injuries and are set to miss the crucial tie, coupled with the latest additions to the long list.
While Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are readily projected to make quicker returns to action with the former down with an ankle strain, left-back Luke Shaw is likely to spend a longer period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Anthony Martial travelled with the United squad but was taken ill overnight and stayed at the team hotel on Sunday rather than travelling to the stadium.
Speaking to newsmen prior to Wednesday clash, Solskjaer confirmed the Frenchman’s state of recovery.
“Anthony had to stay in the hotel, he got ill overnight and he is down here still. Paul and Scott hopefully can start training with us tomorrow, Luke is out still, we’re not 100% sure” the Norwegian gaffer disclosed.
Commenting on De Gea injury, the United boss insisted on minor severity.
“It’s a knock just above the knee,” Solskjaer said. “So we’ll have a scan and check on him tomorrow. Hopefully he can be ready for Wednesday but can’t promise anything now. Dean came on, very assured, had a couple of half-saves to make but he was tidy and safe with the ball at his feet.” he said.
Remarkably, United have not lost a Premier League away game since January 18 at Liverpool and have won their last eight, with their four triumphs this season recorded from losing positions.
United have scored past the 87-minute mark in all four victories over Brighton, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton and Solskjaer is delighted with the late finishes.
Speaking further on the teams ability to dig deep late on in recent matches, Solskjaer expressed satisfaction at United’s new found indefatigable spirit.
“That’s very important and it’s a trait Man United players should always have: never to give up, never to give in,” he added. “I don’t know how many times I was on the pitch and we came back and won games towards the end, we had a manager who never ever allowed anyone to give up and that’s one of my values.
“If you don’t play well at least work hard, never give in and give everything for your team. Even though we played really well today we had the character to dig in when the result was against us.” the former Molde boss concluded.