Solskjaer explains Victor Lindelof absence against Newcastle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed by Victor Lindelof is not in the match day squad for Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle.

“That’s injuries. Victor has Jesse got injures against Alkmaar on that pitch,” Solskjaer told MUTV, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

“Paul obviously didn’t travel. So we’ve just got more concerns on the injury front but that doesn’t matter now, we’ve got 11 out there who have been playing together. Diogo did well against Alkmaar and he’ll be better for the 90 minutes.”

“It was the pitch. It was his (Lindelof) back that locked in the last few minutes. We hoped he was going to recover, he actually travelled here today,” Solskjaer added, explaining the Swede’s issue to Sky Sports.

READ MORE: Team News – Axel Tuanzebe starts against Newcastle

While we knew about Jesse Lingard’s hamstring injury on Thursday night, nothing was said by the manager on Lindelof. That means we get to see Harry Maguire partnered by Axel Tuanzebe for the first time which definitely cushions the blow of being without the Sweden international.

Tuanzebe started against Arsenal at left-back, a position he never played in the youth teams at United, and he did well up until the point he contributed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser by giving the ball away.

It’s a boost to have Dalot back fit and ready to play games. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw have both been out of action for some time, and it’s a shame the young Portuguese full-back hasn’t been around to take advantage of that. Here’s to a solid performance today!

The line-up itself is rather unbalanced with question marks again over who will start on the right wing? Andreas Pereira seems to have been given the nod for the foreseeable future, without every truly convincing.

Juan Mata is not the player he used to but is still a better option than Pereira in the No.10 role.

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