Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Solskjaer Man United injuries down to increased workload after Mourinho

Solskjaer Man United injuries down to increased workload after Mourinho

The Belgium worldwide has admitted to bulking up for last summer's World Cup and Solskjaer was asked whether the striker needed to shed a little more given the way the United boss wants to play.

The two forwards were heralded as major signings when they arrived at Old Trafford, but neither would now be considered an automatic starter.

"Now even if you discount one of those players on the injury list, Mason Greenwood who's a youngster, very highly-rated youngster but he's not a first-team regular, you have Lingard, Mata, Rashford, Herrera, Jones, Matic, Darmian, Valencia, Martial all out".

But now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to deal with as many as 10 injuries to first-team players as he prepares for another crucial clash against an unpredictable Crystal Palace side at the Selhurst Park.

Andrew Robertson's happiness at returning to the top of the Premier League was tinged by frustration after Liverpool failed to capitalise on Manchester United's injury issues.

"We ask our forwards, strikers to work at a higher intensity, to run in behind, but that's what he likes, so I'm sure he'll be fine", Solskjaer said.

Jurgen Klopp claimed that the loss of rhythm in the game due to first half injuries had made life hard for his team and the officials added four minutes of injury time in the first half without any major incidents, it told you all you needed to go.

In the 4-1 win, manager Roy Hodgson became the oldest ever Premier League manager, surpassing the great Sir Bobby Robson.

"When one competition is over I want to see that we want to win this title".

"Muscle is not so hard to get rid of and he's lean, but he's muscly". I'm pleased for him, and can only hope that saying these nice things, he won't come back to haunt me by playing brilliantly and either scoring or making goals.

The Red Devils travelled to south London with an injury-ravaged squad but took control of proceedings regardless, with Romelu Lukaku - who started through the middle with Marcus Rashford only fit enough for a place on the bench - the star of the show, netting in each half.

Should Lukaku be forced out, the report indicates that he will hold out for a move to Juventus, where he will get the chance to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo.

"We still weren't at our best but overall I think we created the best chances and I feel we should have won".

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