Man Utd team news: 3 fresh injury doubts confirmed, 5 others already ruled out

By on November 1, 2019

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Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of three key players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held his pre-match press conference today and he’s confirmed that Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford all picked up knocks during Man Utd’s Carabao Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.

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Lindelof limped off midway through the second half at Stamford Bridge and is now a doubt for the trip to the Vitality Stadium this weekend while Rashford was replaced shortly after scoring what turned out to be the winner with a stunning free-kick in the 73rd minute.

Maguire came through the ninety minutes against Chelsea but it appears he too picked up a knock and Solskjaer says the trio will need to be assessed ahead of the Bournemouth game tomorrow.

He told ManUtd.com:

“It’s still early. Hopefully we can get them back on the pitch tomorrow. They got some treatment yesterday, a little bit more treatment today, a light session and hopefully they’re ready. I can’t tell you exactly now.”

No doubt Man Utd will give Rashford, Lindelof and Maguire every chance to prove their fitness as it would be a devastating blow for them to miss this weekend’s trip to the south coast.

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United have been dealing with a lengthy injury list all season and Solskjaer has confirmed the Bournemouth game will come too soon for Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic.

Tuanzebe has been out since suffering a groin injury two weeks ago, Matic has been in Dubai recovering from a muscle complaint and Shaw is still working his way back from a troublesome hamstring injury.

The trio won’t be involved against Bournemouth tomorrow and they’re also set to miss upcoming games with Partizan Belgrade and Brighton but Solskjaer is hopeful they’ll then be ready to return after the international break.

He continued to tell ManUtd.com:

“Yeah, they’re not ready for tomorrow. Probably after the international break. That is always a risk if you push them back too early, but if we have the two extra weeks after the international break, they should all be ready for then.”

Paul Pogba is also still on the sidelines as he’s not due to return from a foot injury until December while Eric Bailly is out with a serious knee problem so Man Utd will be without at least five players this weekend.

United head to the Vitality Stadium sitting seventh in the table after beating Norwich last week so they’ll be looking to close the gap on the top four with a win over Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon.

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