Exclusive Injury Update On Greenwood From The Boss
We can confirm the 18-year-old youth product has a swollen ankle from the midweek match against Southampton, when a shocking challenge from Oriol Romeu surprisingly went unpunished by the match officials.
Keen to help the team in an important match, Greenwood bravely played on through the pain until he was eventually replaced by Daniel James after 84 minutes at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer was annoyed by Romeu's 'tackle' and told reporters on Monday night the same challenge to his own ankle would have left him injured for a month.
Thankfully, Greenwood has youth and energy on his side, although the in-form goalscorer has not escaped unharmed, as Ole explained to our reporter Stewart Gardner in an exclusive interview that you can read in full on Thursday morning.
Speaking during the pre-match press conference, Solskjaer discussed his selection plans for the game.
“The team selection for Thursday is based on Thursday, not on Sunday. Sunday is irrelevant, it doesn't come into my head at all. It's just Thursday, so we'll see.
“The injury situation, there was a couple of doubts before the Southampton one, but they all reported fit on the day. And hopefully we can give them time now and not having to leave players out of injury, but as you say, there might be one or two fresh legs coming in .”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Sent Manchester United Striker Anthony Martial Private Message
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finally getting the best out of Anthony Martial and it seems a motivational text message has helped the Manchester United forward shine this season .
Anthony Martial has certainly proved his worth as the club’s No . 9, scoring 21 goals in all competitions including 16 in the Premier League for United this season.
The 24-year-old had worn the No . 11 shirt the previous three seasons under Jose Mourinho following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival.
But a simple text from Solskjaer last summer gave Martial the motivation he needed to find his shooting boots.
Martial told Canal+: “He [Solskjaer] sent me a message, he said 'do you want to take your No.9 shirt back?’
“I straight up said yes! I said yes and he told me now it’s up to you to show me [that you deserve it] every time you’re on the pitch.”
Martial’s displays this season have not gone unnoticed with Inter Milan said to be considering a move for him in the upcoming window.
And his performances have also caught the attention of his manager.
"He's definitely developing, improving and he's enjoying his football," Solskjaer said recently.
"He's stepped it up this season, I feel, both as an individual and more so as a team player, and physically.
"I remember there were talks about our forwards last season being the least active and there were some stats flying around but Antho is now working really hard for the team and he is a quality, quality finisher."
Martial will be hoping to add to his tally on Thursday night when United take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Manchester United sit fifth in the Premier League table, level on points with fourth - placed Leicester with the race for the top four hotting up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also have one eye on Sunday’s FA Cup semi - final against Chelsea but insists that match won’t impact his team selection for tonight’s game.
“The team selection for Thursday is based on Thursday, not on Sunday. Sunday is irrelevant, it doesn't come into my head at all. It's just Thursday, so we'll see,” he added.
“The injury situation, there was a couple of doubts before the Southampton one, but they all reported fit on the day.
“And hopefully we can give them time now and not having to leave players out of injury, but as you say, there might be one or two fresh legs coming in .”
Manchester United make huge target decisions on Jadon Sancho Amid Dortmund Uncertainty
Manchester United target Jadon Sancho has decided he wants to return to Manchester from Borussia Dortmund when the transfer window reopens, reports say. And with Pep Guardiola ruling out a return to Manchester City, the Red Devils seem very much like they’re poised to win the race for his signature. The 20-year-old has spent three successful years at the Westfalenstadion but feels the time is right to return to the Premier League.
Manchester United’s interest in Sancho dates back to 2017, when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
The current Tottenham boss hoped to lure the winger away from Manchester City but, in the end, the forward chose to move to Germany instead.
Sancho has become one of the best players in the Bundesliga throughout his time at Dortmund and managed 34 direct goal involvements from as many games this season.
United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the England international ahead of the summer transfer window.
And with City ruling out a return for their former winger, all signs point to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning the transfer battle of the summer.
In the Norwegian’s eyes, Sancho has the ability to propel them to Premier League title glory.
United are supposedly willing to spend big on the 20-year-old providing they secure Champions League football, with their place in next season’s competition still not secure at the current time.
However, previous reports have claimed they’re unwilling to pay any more than the £89m they forked out on Paul Pogba back in the summer transfer window of 2016.
Speaking recently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted transfer plans for the summer were currently ‘up in the air’ as they look to finish in the top four and win the Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Provides Update on Marcus Rojo Situation
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why Marcos Rojo is unlikely to feature for Manchester United again this season.
The Argentina international returned to his homeland in January to sign for Estudiantes on loan, joining the likes of Dean Henderson (Sheffield United), Joel Pereira (Hearts), Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan) and Chris Smalling (Roma) in spending time away from the club on a temporary basis.
Things have obviously not gone to plan for the defender as the coronavirus crisis has taken a grip across the globe, and the repercussions caused by the pandemic mean he is remaining in South America for the time being.
Although Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams picked up knocks against Southampton, ensuring they must be assed before the trip to Crystal Palace, and centre-backs Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are sidelined, there appears little prospect of Rojo returning to the first-team squad.
“Marcos has been in lockdown over there [in La Plata], so they've not played either,” explained Ole.
“At the moment, I can't see him coming back here over the summer, obviously because we live in this bubble, and we've got this squad available until next season.
“So he just needs to focus on getting fit and staying fit and being ready for wherever that takes him.“
Rojo joined the club in 2014 from Sporting Lisbon and made nine appearances in the first team in 2019/20, prior to his loan move.
The 30-year-old's last outing for the Reds came in the 3-1 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in November.
Marcus Rashford Ready To Make History Again
Marcus Rashford is to become the youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree from The University of Manchester, in recognition of his achievements as a footballer and as a passionate campaigner against child poverty.
The 22-year-old will follow in the footsteps of Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton by receiving an honorary doctorate, the highest honour the university can bestow.
In a statement announcing the award, Rashford said: “It’s a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling.
“We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. Thank you to The University of Manchester.”
Rashford's dedication to the cause has taken him from the back pages of the newspapers to the front pages in recent weeks. An open letter to Members of Parliament about his personal experiences of using foodbanks influenced a change in government policy, enabling children who have free school meals in term-time to continue receiving them during the summer.
In addition, Marcus's collaboration with poverty and food waste charity, FareShare, led to £20million being raised in financial and food donations and 3.9 million meals being distributed to vulnerable people every week during the COVID-19 crisis.
The University of Manchester's president and vice - chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field.
“His work for charity and his high-profile campaign will not only help countless young people across our own city, but across the entire country.
“Our university has social responsibility at its core and this sense of civic pride and duty is something we are proud to share with Marcus. That is why the university is delighted to make Marcus our youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree.”
A spokesperson for United said: “Marcus is an exceptional player and an exceptional person. His work with FareShare and his focus on child poverty make him richly deserving of this tremendous honour and everyone at Manchester United is incredibly proud of him.”
Paul Pogba closed to Agree Five Years Deal For Manchester United
Paul Pogba is close to agreeing a new five -year contract at Manchester united, according to The Sun.
The World Cup winner has generated plenty of exit talk in recent times, but the Red Devils expect to announce that he has penned fresh terms at the end of the season.
LaPorta ' Scared ' Messi could leave Barcelona
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted he's "scared" Lionel Messi might not extend his stay with the club due to their current board situation.
Messi is contracted at Camp Nou until 2021 and his relationship with Barca's current boss Josep Maria Bartomeu is reportedly far from perfect making an extension complicated.
While Bartomeu recently stressed his confidence that the Argentine will re-sign and likely see out his career at Barcelona, Laporta isn't so certain.
Mikel Arteta Concerned By Arsenal Financial
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has conceded he's concerned by the club's finances moving into the summer transfer window.
"A big concern, you need quality, quality players and a big squad to compete in these competitions. It is a challenge," he said after seeing his side beat Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday.
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