Manchester United facing injury crisis ahead of Leicester clash


Solskjaer , the Manchester United manager
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , the Manchester United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on August 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Manchester United might be without five of their key players while hosting Leicester City at Old Trafford this Saturday.

The Red devils desperately need a win in this fixture after managing back to back scoring draws away at Wolves and Southampton in their last 2 fixtures in the league.

However, it won’t be easy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to see off the Leicester City side which will be coming into this game with a sky-high confidence.

The Foxes are yet to lose a game in the Premier League this season and currently find themselves at 3rd place in the Premier League table, 3 points and 5 positions ahead of their hosts on Saturday.

As a result, while it has been almost 19 years since Leicester last won at Old Trafford, the 2015/16 Premier League champions have a very good chance to get back to winning ways at the Theater of Dreams on Saturday.

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 25: Anthony Martial of Manchester United reacs during the International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images )
In addition to their recent form which has seen United collect 5 of the available 9 points before the international break, injuries to at least 5 key players could make the task of winning the game against Leicester all the more difficult for the Red devils. 

With Anthony Martial already facing a spell on the sidelines, there have also been question marks regarding the fitness of Paul Pogba and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The duo, which has been instrumental for United so far this season, missed their nations’ matches during the interntional break and may well be absent for the game on Saturday.

Yet another player who might be forced to witness the game from the sidelines  is midfielder Jesse Lingard, as he is still recovering from the injury which he sustained before the international break.

Other than that, the 20-year-old full back Diogo Dalot has already been ruled out from the game as he is currently in China seeking treat on the hip injury which cut his game time short last season. Luke Shaw might be yet another player who could miss out on the clash against Leicester, though there are chances that the English left-back would prove his fitness to earn a spot in the starting XI.

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Eric Bailly hands United injury boost

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Eric Bailly of Manchester United (3) is shown a red card and is sent off during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

At a time when others around him have been falling like flies, Eric Bailly has handed Manchester United an unexpected injury boost. 

The Ivory Coast international underwent surgery after suffering a damage to his ligament during a pre-season friendly against fellow Premier League side Tottenham in China.

At that time, there were reports claiming that the 25-year-old might be out of action until Christmas, with some claiming that it might be at some time in January before the defender could be back in action.

However, as ESPN FC currently reports, the former Valencia defender has made good on his recovery and might return to action quickly than previously thought. The report further claims that Bailly is eyeing a return to the training ground at some time in November.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a stop-start career at Manchester United so far and hasn’t featured in a competitive fixture for the Red devils since injuring his left knee back in April.

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