More woe for Man United as Luke Shaw faces injury layoff
Premier League / 27 August 2019, 2:20pm / SIMON JONES AND JACK GAUGHAN
MANCHESTER – Luke Shaw could be out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.
The Manchester United fullback pulled up during the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
Scans have confirmed that Shaw, 24, is facing at least a month on the sidelines.
It is another blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, after an indifferent start to the season.
Solskjaer is more hopeful over Anthony Martial’s thigh injury, however.
The Frenchman’s recovery will not have an influence over whether Alexis Sanchez stays or departs before the European transfer deadline closes on Monday.
Sanchez’s representatives were in London yesterday as they try to finalise a season-long loan to Inter Milan, while United have also fielded further enquiries for fullback Matteo Darmian, who is keen to return to Italy.
“Alexis is a quality player. We don’t have loads of options,” Solskjaer said.
“If there is an offer that’s good enough for the club and him, maybe he will go, but if not, then he’s still our player, and he’s a quality player.”
📝 On this week's agenda:
▪️ Our @PremierLeague visit to Southampton ▪️ Two cup draws ▪️ Ole's media briefing
Meanwhile, United’s £52 million misfit Fred says he thinks he can solve his club’s midfield problem.
Fred has barely made an impact at Old Trafford since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk last year, and is yet to feature in a squad this season.
He has made only seven Premier League starts under Solskjaer, but wants a chance to prove his worth.
The 26-year-old Brazilian is fit and trained at Carrington yesterday, with club sources insisting he will remain at the club despite persistent links with a move to Serie A side Fiorentina.
Fred missed the early part of United’s pre-season, with Solskjaer’s permission – for him to get married – before he joined the squad in Singapore, playing in the club’s final four matches of their tour.