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United down to the bare bones

27th February 2019, 12:06 by Chris Rivers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn to the Manchester United kids for Wednesday's Crystal Palace clash after losing up to 10 players.

Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were forced off during the first half of Sunday's goalless draw against Liverpool - a match Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic were ruled out of in the build-up.

Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian continue to miss out, while Marcus Rashford's ankle issue will need to be assessed.

Teenager Mason Greenwood would have come in had he not been injured in recent weeks, but Tahith Chong, James Garner and Angel Gomes will be involved and Marcos Rojo returns.

Summer signing Fred could also be recalled having not started a game since the Boxing Day win over Huddersfield.

Solskjaer was asked why the Red Devils have been so badly affected by injuries of late and believes it is partly down to the more intense brand of football he has employed since replacing Jose Mourinho.

He said: "We've not had time really to work on the fitness, it's been more in the games, we spoke about. We had a week in Dubai, we've not really had many weeks of training, lots of game-time. But Dubai, as you might have noticed, it was more of a tactical one than a physical one.

"If you look at it, we've had five or six days between most of the games, so it’s not been the amount of games or the lack of days in between. It's tougher now until the international break (on March 18), and we've got Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, then midweek again.

"Now we will go into tough games and then it's a tougher period physically, maybe it's mentally, the way we prepare before training sessions. The Christmas period... you can see Manchester City have a couple of muscle injuries, it’s not just us. It’s this time of year in England, really."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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