The Red Devils play four games until the 12th of February.
Manchester United will face Burnley on Tuesday, the 29th of January at Old Trafford following their victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup. The triumph was United’s eighth victory on the bounce under caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which is the best start that any United manager has had to their reign.
Speaking ahead of the game against Burnley, the Norwegian boss announced that Chris Smalling who had been side-lined with a foot injury from early November would be in contention to return to the squad for the visit of the Sean Dyche’s men.
Speaking to MUTV, Solskjaer said, “Chris has trained for a week now, so he’s looking good. It’s about when do we get him into the team.”.
This news will be music to the ears of the fans of Manchester United as it is a sign that the defensive crisis at the club is nearing an end. Injuries and suspensions to key defenders has meant that Phil Jones was the only out and out centre back to slot in alongside Victor Lindelöf in the heart of defence.
“So far, it’s been no problem,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve got so many games. As soon as it becomes one game a week, it might be a problem.
”We rotate even during games. When we can put Anthony [Martial] and ‘Rashy’ [Marcus Rashford] on for Alexis (Sanchez) and Rom, who did a fantastic job [at Arsenal], it is only going to help us. The players have been very, very good at staying ready and being ready when they get on.”
The Norwegian is likely to stick with his midfield trio of Matic, Herrera and the resurgent Paul Pogba, that has worked wonders for him in his first few games. We will most likely see changes in attack as Solskjaer will look to ease both Lukaku and Sanchez back into the Premier League fold.
Should United make it eight wins on the trot, they will fancy their chances of a top four spot against the inconsistent London clubs.