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Reports: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard injury update

Suman Dey
915   //    15 Feb 2019, 20:52 IST

Martial got injured against PSG.
Martial got injured against PSG.

What's the news?

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskajer has provided an update on Jesse Lingard and Antony Martial ahead of the FA Cup tie against Chelsea. In his press conference, Solskjaer said -

I think they will be out for two to three weeks looking at it now

In case you didn't know

Both Jesse Lingard and Antony Martial has been instrumental under the caretaker manager. When Jose Mourinho was at the helm, the mood around the dressing room was gloomy and so was the performance on the field. 

However, Solskjaer has reintroduced the free-flowing attacking football that is synonymous with Manchester United. Players like Pogba, Rashford, Lingard, and Martial have started to enjoy their football and looked menacing in front of the goal.

Martial has recently signed a new long term deal with the club while Jesse has established himself as the first choice right winger in the side. 

The heart of the matter

Manchester United faced Paris-Saint Germain in one of the most anticipated Champions League rounds of 16 clashes at Old Trafford. United came into the game at the back of eleven game unbeaten streak while PSG had two-thirds of their front three missing.

However, it was a tactical masterclass by Thomas Tuchel which saw the French Champions ran out 0-2 winners and put themselves in a commanding position in the tie.

The night couldn't get worse for United as Jesse Lingard was substituted in the first half due to injury while Antony Martial came off at half time. From the outset, it looked like a muscle pain which could leave them out for a few weeks. 


What's next

United will surely miss Jesse and Martial in the FA Cup tie against Chelsea which is a massive blow in their aspirations to win a trophy in the 2018-19 campaign. Though Solskjaer has Sanchez and Mata as a backup, none of them could impress the manager in recent times. 

After Chelsea, it's Liverpool at Old Trafford, and without both of them, it would be a tough ask to find a way past the Reds defence.

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Suman Dey
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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