The Red Devils visit Craven Cottage for their Fulham Vs United Premier League fixture with contrasting fortunes going on for them at the moment. While United are running high on confidence, Fulham are desperately fighting to save themselves from relegation. Let us take a look at the injury status for both the sides.
Starting with United:
Marcos Rojo is the only one unavailable for selection for the Fulham Vs United fixture but it seems that he has started running and will recover sooner than expected. This is certainly good news for the Manchester defense.
Rojo was a regular till the time he was sidelined due to injury and his improvement will be heartening to see under the caretaker manager. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:
“Marcos is outside running now so I think he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I think he might join in bits and bobs in training because that will help him mentally.”
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford picked up a dead leg in the game against Leicester City and might be rested for the Fulham Vs United only as a precaution. Also, Chris Smalling is in the reckoning to face his former club.
The English centre-back has not featured in any of the 10 games under Solskjaer ever since he took over. Smalling sustained a sore foot in the 4-1 win during the reverse fixture. Ole said he was “looking good”. He also added that it is a case of carefully timing the defender’s return to action.
Martial also returned to action in the Leicester game after sitting out the 2-2 draw against Burnley with a minor injury sustained in training. Paul Pogba, who struggled towards the end of the Burnley game, was fit to face Leicester setting up Rashford’s brilliant finish and winner with a gem of a lob.
6️⃣ goals and 5️⃣ assists in 8️⃣ games…
It really is PogbaSZN 😎 pic.twitter.com/V7s4WkgArs
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 7, 2019
Coming to Fulham:
Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle could return to action after sitting out the Palace game through injury. Full back Cyrus Christie is a doubt for the Fulham Vs United game though, having received a knock in the loss away to Palace.
Defender Tim Fosu-Mensah, is definitely unavailable having been made ineligible to play against his parent club, United. It is going to be a long road for players like Marcus Bettinelli, Alfie Mawson and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa as they will miss the bus to West London.
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The Cottagers’ boss Claudio Ranieri has a lot of problems to deal in overcoming the lack of options in the squad. In deep trouble already, running 7 points adrift the safe zone, the long injury list worsens his case even more. Fulham have to take a leaf out of the magical game at Old Trafford in 2009 having beaten them 2-0 in their own backyard.
United will be happy with where they stand now, having climbed to 5th following Arsenal’s defeat to City and are definitely a contender for the Premier League top four.