Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Victor Lindelof is not included in Manchester United’s squad to face Fulham because of a recurring back problem.
Lindelof played the full 90 minutes and impressed in United’s goalless draw against Liverpool on Sunday.
But the Swedish international has been playing through the pain barrier this season and has been replaced by Eric Bailly in Solskjaer’s starting lineup this evening.
“He’s not bad, it’s still his back we’ve got a few issues with,” Solskjaer told MUTV, as quoted by the MEN’s Tyrone Marshall.
“I felt it was better he stayed home, trained a bit and can be ready for the weekend.”
Lindelof’s rest ahead of the FA Cup fourth round fixture against Liverpool at Old Trafford allows Bailly to stake another claim for a regular starting spot this evening.
Plenty of supporters were frustrated to see the Ivorian benched against Liverpool after some solid displays.
The 26-year-old will partner captain Harry Maguire in central defence at Craven Cottage.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has made two other changes for the game against Scott Parker’s side with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood returning to the starting lineup.
Cavani will lead the line for the Reds and Mason Greenwood is likely to provide a more natural option on the right-flank with Paul Pogba returning to the midfield pivot alongside Fred.
Anthony Martial keeps his place on the left of a triple-pronged attack with Marcus Rashford making a rare start on the bench this evening.