Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he will make changes for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Norwich City, but confirmed there are no new injury concerns ahead of the game at Carrow Road.
The United manager will rotate his team against Daniel Farke’s men, after making three changes for the dominant midweek victory over Sheffield United.
Fortunately for Solskjaer, he was able to make use of his five substitutions against the Blades in warm weather conditions at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and hat-trick hero Anthony Martial all taken off.
Solskjaer knows the importance of resting key players during this crucial short burst of games and wants to keep his squad as fresh as possible.
The Norwegian stated that centre-backs Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are still ruled out of action with injuries.
“With the long layoff we’ve had, looking after the players is one of our jobs and, as you say rotation,” he said in Friday’s press conference, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“We played Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday again, the heat. There’ll be a few changes.
“If you want to be a part of a winning Man United team you have to make a couple of changes, but that’s the situation we’re in. We all agreed on we’re going to try and finish the season and we’re going to do our best to put performances on and make sure players are safe.
“Are there any new injuries? No. I think we came through unscathed. It’s still Axel and Phil, they’re out. They are the only two absentees.”
Saturday’s FA Cup tie against the bottom side in league represents a great opportunity for United’s peripheral players to shine.
Sergio Romero could return in goal in place of the maligned David De Gea, and Eric Bailly deserves a start after impressing greatly before the enforced break.
Elsewhere, Odion Ighalo may get the chance to lead the line for the first-time since extending his stay at United until January.