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Solskjaer picks out two Man Utd stars that will step up in stretched squad

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood will be handed more opportunities as he admitted the United squad is stretched for numbers.

United’s most important player this season Marcus Rashford faces up to three months on the sidelines after suffering a double stress fracture in his back, as per the Telegraph.

Rashford has scored 19 goals this season, and is behind just Raheem Sterling in the goalscoring chart in all competitions.

His absence is a huge blow for Solskjaer in such a key part of the season. Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have also been ruled out for a significant period meaning the United boss has been without his best midfielders.

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In Tuesday’s press conference ahead of United’s game against Burnley, Solskjaer was asked whether academy youngsters D’Mani Mellor and Largie Ramazani were ready for first-team action.

“It might be too early for them yet, of course Mason’s gonna get more chances now, Juan will have to step up again, there’ll be more chances for ones in the squad, we know we’re stretched for numbers but we’ll cope with that,” the United boss said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.

Mata was very unlucky not to start at Anfield on Sunday after impressive performances in starts against Wolves and Norwich. The Spaniard should surely return to the starting XI on Wednesday evening against a Burnley side that will be set up tough to break down.

We may also see Anthony Martial return to the left-wing and Mason Greenwood play up front in Rashford’s absence.

 

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