Solskjaer confirms triple Manchester United injury blow ahead of West Ham clash


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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks dejected following his side's defeat during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Manchester United have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of their game against West Ham on Sunday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed. 

The Red devils, who are coming into this game on the back of two successive wins, will be without the trio of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw for the Sunday’s fixture.

Midfielder Daniel James is another player who might be force to miss out on the game, though chances are that the 21-year-old will regain his fitness for a trip to the London Stadium

The Welsh international started United’s win against Leicester last weekend but picked up a knock which kept him out of the midweek’s Europa League win over Astana.

Persistent injury troubles mean that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be forced to nominate the same starting XI which played against Leicester last weekend.

Daniel James might be back

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Daniel James of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals that while the trio is definitely out, he doesn’t know for sure about the fitness of Daniel James. 

When asked about whether the injured trio will be back against West Ham, the Norwegian manager answered:  “Not really, no, “They’ve not been training yet so I don’t think so. [Luke] won’t be ready.”

After ruling out the return of the trio for this Sunday’s fixture, Solskjaer sounded cautiously optimistic when talking about the injury situation of Daniel James.

“Daniel James? I don’t know. He’s not trained the last few days. Hopefully, but not sure. We’ll have a recovery day with everyone tomorrow and we’ll see on Saturday.”

Going into the game against West Ham, the 21-year-old is the leading goalscorer for Manchester United in all competitions. He has already managed 3 goals in his first five appearances for the Old Trafford side.

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Poor away form not a concern for Solskjaer

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on January 2, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Since coming back from behind to defeat Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in March this year, United are yet to win a game away from home.

The last time they managed a win away from home in the Premier League was at Crystal Palace in February this year. Since then, their away record is worse than all but the three sides currently sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table.

As Solskjaer was quizzed about his team’s away form, here’s what he had to say: “Why should we coaches be concerned?” he said.

“We’re looking forward to things, looking for solutions. I’ve never been concerned about anything really. I don’t walk around and worry about things. I’m looking what we can do to improve. I’ve never been a worrier.

“I think we should’ve won at Southampton, I think we should’ve won the Wolverhampton one. Both should be wins. It’s still the same size pitch, green with white lines, some fans. You’ve got to block out the mental part and play as you would in the park.”

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