Team news and injury updates
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the press about the latest news and injury updates for United for Sunday’s Premier league match against Norwich City, (12:30 pm, in the US ET) and this is what the manager had to say.
“I think injuries have made us get into the position where the performances didn’t come and we had fit centre-backs, good centre-backs and quality centre-backs,” Ole told reporters.
“It just made it easier to go to a back three against Liverpool and again in Serbia.”
“We’ve got Jesse [Lingard] back, who can play in a three in midfield and the players who played for us on Thursday, for example, Sergio [Romero] played in a World Cup final, Marcos Rojo played in a back three in a World Cup final and [Phil Jones] and Harry [Maguire] played in a semi-final. Jesse played in his position.
“It’s just injuries have made us go into this position but it’s working quite well.”
The club is still awaiting updates on Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe.
“We’re working very hard to get them fit and, hopefully, we can get them back soon,” Solskjaer added. “I’m not going to put a deadline on it but it won’t be long, hopefully.”
“We’ve not created as many as we’d have liked and not scored as many as we’d have liked,” he added.
“Now Anthony is back, he got a goal, and I’m sure we’ll see us improve as a team with Anthony in the side. He does give us something different.”
David De Gea hopefully will be fit to return to the squad after being left out of Thursday’s game. Jesse Lingard could pair up with Anthony Martial after both players played upfront together in the Partizan game.
As for Norwich, Tom Trybull and Onel Hernandez, have returned to fitness in October, and Timm Klose (knee), Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) and Grant Hanley (groin) are all still long-term absentees.
Mario Vrancic, who is still recovering from a calf injury suffered in pre-season, and on-loan goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, will also be unavailable for the visit of the Reds on Sunday.