Saturday 23 March 2019

Martial and Lingard ruled out

Anthony Martial with team-mate Jesse Lingard. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Anthony Martial with team-mate Jesse Lingard. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

James Ducker

Manchester United were dealt a crushing blow yesterday when Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were both ruled out for up to three weeks.

As well as Monday's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup, Lingard and Martial will miss the visit of Liverpool in the Premier League six days later and the game at Crystal Palace the following Wednesday.

A three-week lay-off would also rule the pair out of the home league match against Southampton and the second leg of the Champions League tie away to Paris St-Germain, when United must overturn a 2-0 deficit.

Lingard (hamstring) and Martial (groin) were substituted before the second half of the first-leg defeat to PSG last Tuesday.

Their absences may open the door for the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku to further their claims, but Solskjaer could also turn to some of the club's younger players like Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes, though 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood is currently sidelined.

"Anthony and Jesse have done really well for us - they're vital. But then again with Rom and Alexis, they've got different skill-sets and will be able to show what they can do."

While disappointed to be without Martial and Lingard, Solskjaer described the week ahead as "great" and expects his players to shake off the effects of his first defeat in charge.

"You don't panic because you've lost a game, you don't change everything. It doesn't change the mindset at all," he said.

"We need to keep working on the way we play football. We want to go down to Chelsea, we want to have Liverpool here and impose ourselves on those games.

"There are quite a few other teams with injuries so you have to adapt to that. We have a strong squad." (© Daily Telegraph, London).

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