Man Utd dealt with a huge blow ahead of their match against Leon Balogun’s team Brighton

According Manchester evening news, Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be out for up to a month with a calf injury. The 31-year-old has only played 31 minutes for United under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but was omitted from the squad that travelled to Tottenham last week. Fellaini trained with teammates on Wednesday but is set to miss United game against Brighton, the FA Cup fourth round tie at Arsenal next week, as well as the Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12.

“There’s not many issues,” Solskjaer said of United’s squad situation, “I think just small niggles, as there always is at this point of the season. “Chris [Smalling], Marcos [Rojo] just started running lightly, so not fit yet. Alexis [Sanchez] has trained all week, so hopefully he’ll be available. “And Felli is the long-term one that’s out. He’ll be out for a few weeks. He’ll probably be at least three or four weeks. He’s got a calf problem and that’s sad. “There’s X factors in different players and we all know Felli’s X-factor and then again he’ll be working hard to get back in when all the big games are coming as well.”

United host Super Eagles Leon Balogun’s Brighton in the Premier League this weekend as they attempt to record a seventh consecutive win across all competitions for the first time since January 2017. Having inflicted defeat on third-placed Tottenham at Wembley last week, Solskjaer believes Brighton, who are 13th in the table, pose a unique challenge for United’s on-form players.

“As I’ve said before, you go into every single game as a Man United coach, as a player or manager thinking you’ll win the next one,” Solskjaer said. “That’s just the nature of this club. “We’ve had six good games but the next one is the most important one. “Everyone said about Tottenham being the test, I don’t think that’s a test in attitude. The players are going to be up for that game. I’m looking for a reaction in a home game against a team you should dominate and be better than. “These are the points that will get you up the table.”

Send your best wishes to Fellaini as he recovers from injury…