Manchester United Injuries & Suspensions
All the latest information on injuries and suspensions in the Manchester United first-team squad, with updates taken directly from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conferences and pre- / post-match interviews.
Last updated: 10 March 2019
Alexis Sanchez was injured during our 3-2 win over Southampton on 2 March and had to be substituted in the 51st minute. Speaking ahead of the Reds' Champions League last-16 second leg with Paris Saint-Germain, Solskjaer confirmed the forward will be out until April. He told reporters: "It looks like he [Alexis] might be out for a bit. It was a bad knee injury, [so he could be out for] four weeks or six weeks. Hopefully he'll recover quickly.”
Jesse Lingard returned from injury in United's 0-0 draw against Liverpool on 24 February, but had to be substituted before half-time after suffering a recurrence of the problem he sustained in the Reds' 2-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Juan Mata and Ander Herrera also had to go off after picking up similar muscular issues. Speaking after the Liverpool game, Solskjaer said: "Well, we’ve lost a few with muscle injuries, hamstrings." Lingard, Mata and Herrera all missed the subsequent matches against Crystal Palace, Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain.
Anthony Martial returned from injury as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on 10 March. The Frenchman had been sidelined since sustaining a groin injury on 12 February, during the first half of the defeat by PSG at Old Trafford.
Nemanja Matic returned to the starting XI against Arsenal on 10 March, after missing the previous four games when he picked up a knock in training before the goalless draw with Liverpool on 24 February. The Serbian midfielder played 80 minutes before being replaced by 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, who made his Premier League debut for the Reds.
Antonio Valencia has not played for the Reds since the 2-0 win at Newcastle on 2 January. Solskjaer provided an update on the Ecuadorian's condition ahead of United's match against Crystal Palace on 27 February, saying: "Valencia is still a few weeks off, because he did his calf again. He's started running, but he's still a few weeks off."
Matteo Darmian hasn't played since appearing as a late substitute in the 2-1 win over Brighton on 19 January. Before United's fixture against Palace on 27 February, Solskjaer said: "Matteo trained the other day. I don't think he'll be ready yet, because he only trained yesterday."
Phil Jones last appeared for the Reds in our 3-0 victory over Fulham on 9 February. Since then the defender, who recently signed a new contract at the club, has been forced to the sidelines. Solskjaer confirmed in his pre-match press conference on 26 February that Jones has been out of action through illness. Ole said: "He was ill, so he's been out for a little while."
Marcos Rojo has been an unused substitute in United's last matches against Crystal Palace, Southampton, PSG and Arsenal, as he edges closer to a first outing since 12 December, when he was injured in the Champions League match away to Valencia. Having had a spell of recovery back in Argentina at the start of the year, Rojo has been working hard at the Aon Training Complex in a bid to return to action. Prior to the Palace game, Solskjaer said: "Marcos has been training, so hopefully will be involved."
Ashley Young will be suspended for the Reds' Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves on Saturday 16 March. This is due to a rule change this season which means if players are booked in two matches in the competition, they will be suspended for the next round. Young received yellow cards in our FA Cup ties at Arsenal and Chelsea.
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