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Solskjaer hopes for injury relief

Because otherwise he’ll get smashed

Manchester United Press Conference
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that some of his injured players are able to return in time to feature against Liverpool on Sunday in their Premier League game.

There are concerns over Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and David de Gea.

Martial has been out for a couple of months, Pogba since the draw against Arsenal, and De Gea injured his hamstring during an international friendly for Spain earlier in the week. He was subbed off and looks likely to miss the match, but Solskjaer is not yet ready to rule him out entirely.

“Of course, I would like to tell you positive news, hopefully... we’ll see on Sunday who’s come through the last two sessions,” Solskjaer said of the situation in general.

”Because there’s players here who have just started training, just on the verge of coming back or not so I can’t really say.”

However De Gea is far from certain to play: “Well, I don’t expect him to play.

”But it wasn’t as bad as feared. When I saw the game, I thought that’s him out until next international break because we’ve had some long-term muscle injuries but it’s not as bad as feared.”

If Pogba is injured then Solskjaer will have to choose from Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, though Juan Mata could also be used as part of a midfield three.

Martial’s injury means that a front three of Daniel James - expected to despite earlier concussion concerns - Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are most likely to start the game.

In goal Sergio Romero is most likely to take over, and Dean Henderson is almost definitely not going to be in contention because he is on loan at Sheffield United.