Solskjaer set to put trust in youth amid Manchester United injury crisis

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United have won 11 of Solskjaer's 14 games since being appointed on a part-time basis in December, but the Norwegian could be set for the biggest challenge of his tenure thus far in the shape of an injury crisis as he heads for Selhurst Park.

Having lost Nemanja Matic before Sunday's goalless draw with Liverpool, United's injury woes worsened as Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard picked up knocks in the first half and Marcus Rashford completed the game with an ankle problem.

After 10 months on the sidelines watching his team-mates excel, the 25-year-old is edging closer to a first-team return.

"You have seen what I have chosen", he added.

"We'll have a good team on the pitch, there'll be a chance for others".

"Liverpool will always have that question until they win that title and they get over the line but do the players carry the positive out of this game onto that coach or do they carry a little bit of 'could we have done more, could we have done this?'"

The Belgium worldwide has admitted to bulking up for last summer's World Cup and Solskjaer was asked whether the striker needed to shed a little more given the way the United boss wants to play.

The coach said Martial might be ready for the weekend, but after seeing Lingard rush back at the weekend only to suffer a relapse, he said he would not take any risks with the French striker.

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After such a messy first half, neither side were able to truly get into their stride in a disappointing game. There was also a notable milestone passed by David De Gea, who kept his 100th Premier League clean sheet.

City stars like Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko were all in playful mood all through the duration of the session as they smiled for the cameras ahead of the Premier League clash with West Ham on Wednesday.

"We have to run tomorrow like we are and beat them and after that beat them again".

"Play well when he gets a chance, keep on training as he does, keep working", Solskjaer said when asked what the Brazil global needs to do. "The potential is high, the two are good mates, they link up well together, so this might be a chance for them to find some form and give me a selection headache for when everyone gets fit".

"It's not like we've been really bogged down with too many games".

"McTominay was the obvious choice against Liverpool because he's an academy kid". He knows what it means.

"They can win you the game, not lose it for you".

'So, he has been a big part of that and, Angel, I am definitely sure that if he gets the chance, he'll do well.

"Angel has been in that successful England Under-17 side, the 2017 World Cup-winning team with Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi".

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