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Time for Sanchez, Lukaku to shine

LONDON • Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to step up for Manchester United after confirming that the injured Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard might be out for as much as three weeks.

Forwards Martial and Lingard had been pressured off throughout final Tuesday’s 2-Zero Champions League last-16, first-leg house defeat by Paris Saint-Germain with groin and hamstring issues respectively.

At a press convention forward of tomorrow’s FA Cup fifth-round conflict with Chelsea, Solskjaer mentioned: “It is a chance for anyone who plays, whether it is Alexis, Romelu or Angel (Gomes).”

If Martial and Lingard are out for 3 weeks, they may also miss the essential Premier League match towards Liverpool, and face a race towards time to make the second leg at PSG on March 6.

Their accidents come as a setback for United, who’ve gained 10 out of their 12 matches below Solskjaer.

Requested whether or not this was excellent timing for Sanchez and Lukaku, who’ve fallen down the pecking order, Solskjaer mentioned: “Yeah, it is likely to be.

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    Alexis Sanchez has scored simply 5 objectives in 37 appearances for United

“We have ahead choices however Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong have additionally been coaching with us all week so there is a massive probability they will be concerned.

“Anthony and Jesse have performed rather well for us; they’re very important.

“But then again with Romelu and Alexis, they’ve got different skill sets and will be able to show what they can do so we need to gel a team together for Monday.”

Sanchez once more struggled to make an impression off the bench towards PSG however Solskjaer insisted it’s as much as the Chilean to point out he’s well worth the extremely profitable 4½-year contract he earned when he joined from Arsenal simply over a yr in the past.

He has scored solely 5 objectives in 37 appearances for United, however did discover the online for simply the second time this season of their final FA Cup match, a 3-1 win at Arsenal when he linked up properly with Lukaku.

The Belgian and Sanchez are anticipated to start out alongside the in-form Marcus Rashford tomorrow.

Solskjaer can be assured his gamers can get well rapidly from the defeat by PSG to inflict extra injury on a Chelsea facet who had been thrashed 6-Zero within the Premier League by Manchester Metropolis final weekend.

The Blues, nonetheless, have bounced again with a 2-1 win at Malmo within the Europa League last-32, first leg on Thursday.

“The defeat is a different feel of course. I hate losing games, and it seems like the boys hate losing games,” Solskjaer added.

“They have been down however there isn’t any level dwelling on it as a result of there are massive video games towards good groups developing and we have to mud ourselves down and get going once more on Monday.

“You have to bounce again at this membership.

“You will always have challenges and away against Chelsea is one of the tougher challenges.”

THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS


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