Manchester United trio of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera all suffered a hamstring injury in the premier league match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed. The hosts were dealt a double blow inside the first 25 minutes as Ander Herrera and Juan Mata were forced out of the action. Herrera headed straight down the tunnel and was replaced by Andreas Pereira in the 21st minute before Jesse Lingard came on for Mata four minutes later.
Lingard then followed them to the physio room in the 43rd minute, having only just returned to the squad from injury. Solskjaer said: “We have lost a few with muscle injuries and hamstrings. “We have some god kids coming through and I will have 11 players on the pitch against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.” United slipped out of the top four despite the draw as Arsenal lepafrogged them into the Champions League spots.
Solskjaer added: “The attitude…we come out with so many positives today. The fans, they were the 11th man because we only had half a Marcus,” he said.
“I can’t remember David (De Gea) making a save so we kept them out of it, and created some massive moments to score. “Chris (Smalling), if he was a striker, he would have got his studs on that, and Jesse (Lingard) before he got his injury.”
Solskjaer also admits Marcus Rashford is a doubt for Manchester United’s clash against Crystal Palace . The England striker played through the pain barrier in Sunday’s goalless draw with Liverpool after Solskjaer was forced to use all three substitutes before the break. Rashford received a kick to his ankle in the first half but soldiered on as team-mates Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all limped off.
However, Solskjaer admits Rashfor may struggle to be fit to face Palace on Wednesday night. He said: “If he plays I’ll be maybe surprised. “I’ve never seen the like of this before, three hamstrings in the first-half. Rashy obviously was kicked, he did his ankle straight away, we should have taken him off as well, but we didn’t did we?
“You’re never surprised in football, you’ve always got to be ready for anything. Losing three players in the first-half with hamstring injuries and we probably should’ve taken Marcus off as well.
“[Jordan] Henderson went through him. His ankle is like a balloon, that was just one of many fouls on him.
“If that’s not an accumulation of fouls I don’t know. He’s a Manc and he knows what this means. We had to keep him on because we’d made three subs.”