Manchester United face problems in attack on Saturday with injuries and potential suspensions causing a headache.
Edinson Cavani is expected to be banned for at least one game following the posting of a racist social media post. The Uruguayan has apologised for the message and removed it, but bans for such behaviour are par for the course in an attempt to stamp out such actions.
If he is suspended before the weekend then he will miss United’s visit to West Ham on Saturday evening, and he might not be the only forward that the club are missing.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that Marcus Rashford was substituted on Wednesday night, leaving the game against Paris Saint-Germain with a longstanding shoulder injury, and it is not clear if he will be fit to take part in the game in London.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “It’s just niggling him that shoulder injury.
“Hopefully he will be ready for West Ham, but we don’t know.”
Jesse Lingard is back in training so he may offer an option on the right wing, and Daniel James has occasionally featured for the first team this season. Anthony Martial’s poor form is a concern, but he is the senior striker at the club, particularly if both Cavani and Rashford are unavailable.
Juan Mata is another player who could feature on the wings, and Mason Greenwood is no longer on the naughty step after a few disciplinary problems that have been rumoured in the background. Odion Ighalo made a rare appearance for United last night as they chased the game, and given Martial has been struggling it may be an indication that he will get the nod to lead the line against West Ham.
Phil Jones and Luke Shaw are also injured, but that is neither here nor there.