While Manchester United will be without several first team squad members for their Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade this evening, three others could be in line to start after recent injuries.
Sky Sports reported that Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all took part in full training with the squad yesterday.
While that trio could be ready to feature in the Serbian capital, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without the services of David de Gea, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly, as per Sky Sports.
The availability of Wan-Bissaka is likely to be greatly welcomed by Solskjaer, especially with so many defenders on the treatment table.
The 21-year-old right-back missed the last three games prior to the international break because of tonsillitis, as noted by Manchester Evening News, but played the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.
With Dalot and Fosu-Mensah out, and Ashley Young the only senior left-back alternative to Shaw (though Brandon Williams has been getting first team minutes), Wan-Bissaka’s return to action has been timely and should provide United with a decent attacking threat from the right, where he has averaged 1.4 dribbles, 0.7 key passes and 0.4 crosses per game, as per Who Scored.
The returns of Martial and Lingard offer Solskjaer much greater choice in attack, with the former capable of playing anywhere across the frontline and the latter potentially operating on either wing or as a number 10. [via TransferMarkt]
The French forward returned from a hamstring injury with a late substitute appearance against Liverpool, his first involvement since the defeat to Crystal Palace two months ago. [via TransferMarkt]
He had begun the season in good form at centre-forward, scoring in his first two games and providing an assist in the third, and may be asked to reprise that role to allow Marcus Rashford to move to a wide position, as Martial has played through the middle in each of his appearances so far this season.
Lingard has played mainly as an attacking midfielder this term, but to little effect with only one assist to his name from nine appearances. Having not played since limping out of the draw at AZ Alkmaar with a groin problem, Solskjaer might start with him on the bench and try to ease him back into action.
Wan-Bissaka’s return from tonsillitis gives Solskjaer some welcome reprieve from the defensive injury crisis that has enveloped the squad, while Martial should start given the goal threat he had been displaying prior to his hamstring injury.
With him back in the picture and Mason Greenwood starting both Europa League matches thus far, Solskjaer could decide to go with the teenager again and name Lingard among the substitutes this evening.
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