EPL: Solskjaer Says Sanchez And Lukaku Must Step Up
The honeymoon seems over for Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After tasting his first defeat with the team, he is now having to sweat over the fitness of key players.
Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata were injured during the first half of Sunday's match against Liverpool while Marcus Rashford who played most of the 0-0 draw with an ankle injury is also a doubt for Wednesday's game against Crystal Palace.
"There are not a lot of positives," said Solskjaer, who is waiting to see how Rashford responds to treatment on his ankle.
Solskjaer told MUTV the England striker's injury was not made worse by playing the full game and it was "not as bad as we first feared".
"We're going to work on him for as long as we can to see if he gets ready," he said.
It gets worse as United will be without defenders Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian, midfielder Nemanja Matic and forward Anthony Martial at Selhurst Park.
Solskjaer now must turn to teenagers Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Jimmy Garner, with Gomes the only one to have made a Premier League appearance before.
With nine senior players out of the Crystal Palace game, Solskjaer knows how bad things are and is hoping his big forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez can step up and help the team.
The Norwegian manager said Wednesday's game gives Lukaku and Sanchez "a chance to play to their potential".
"The two get on very well," he said. "Hopefully Alexis and Romelu can step up. We will have a good team out on the pitch."
United go into Wednesday's game fifth in the table, a point behind Arsenal in fourth.
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