Solskjaer gives injury updates on Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka
On a night to be positive, there were a few small concerns for Manchester United.
Victor Lindelof was substituted at half-time and replaced with Axel Tuanzebe.
Tuanzebe was then booked, which means he is suspended for the fixture with Paris Saint-Germain next week.
This increases the pressure on Lindelof to be fit, with a game against Southampton to negotiate in between as well.
Eric Bailly is also fit again after returning to training, while Marcos Rojo is a desperation play in the league if United need him at any stage.
Lindelof’s back problem kept him out of the Basaksehir game before the international break, and then he played through it. What he really needs is rest, and at present he is not getting it.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka also limped off after an hour and was replaced at right-back by Brandon Williams.
Speaking after the game to the club website, Solskjaer said he was hopeful both could be available to face Southampton on Sunday.
Solskjaer said: “
Hopefully they’ll be ready for the weekend but we’re not sure.
It’s back problems for Victor and he had an ankle problem, Aaron, so there was no point taking any more chances and risking more swelling to it.“
While it is good that both could be available this weekend, ideally both players would get the chance to rest.
One positive is that United played on Tuesday and have until Sunday, rather than a Wednesday to Saturday turnaround like the previous Champions League week.
Axel Tuanzebe seemed to struggle a little against Basaksehir. He could not get in tune with Harry Maguire.
In one case Tuanzebe was trying to play the offside trap and Maguire wasn’t, and then they later bumped into each other inside the box, nearly presenting the visitors with a goalscoring chance.
They did not work well together in the away game in Turkey, with Tuanzebe hooked at half-time in that game.
These instances won’t fill Solskjaer with confidence both can play together this weekend if United decide to rest Lindelof for the PSG game.
Hopefully Lindelof’s back injury will clear up and he can play through it. With United 3-0 up after 45 minutes, resting him last night was a sensible decision.
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