Cape Town - Manchester United have been dealt a blow as Luke
Shaw is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering another
England international Shaw, who has had his injury problems
since joining from Southampton in June 2014 for around £30 million, was forced
to hobble off the pitch in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace after
tweaking his hamstring.
This is the third hamstring issue the 24-year-old has picked
up among a catalogue of injuries during his five-year spell at the Theatre of
Dreams and initial fears are he could be missing for the next five weeks.
United are still waiting for further tests to find out the
extent of the problem but the prognosis at the weekend was the defender would
be missing for the Premier League games against former club Southampton,
Leicester City, West Ham and Arsenal.
Shaw will also miss out on a place in Gareth Southgate's
England squad, which will be announced on Thursday, for the crucial Euro 2020
qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo next month.
The defender's absence will leave Solskjaer with limited
options at the back, having already seen Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot head to
the treatment table, and it means Ashley Young is likely to deputise at
Argentina international Marcos Rojo can also fill in if
required, but there are still reports claiming the 29-year-old will be heading
for the exit door before the European transfer window closes on September 2.
On a positive note for the Red Devils, Solskjaer is more
hopeful over Frenchman Anthony Martial's thigh injury that he picked up towards
the end of that defeat to the Eagles.
The Norwegian boss is hoping to have the 23-year-old back in
training this week and available for Saturday's trip to the Saints, who picked
up a 2-0 win at Brighton last time out.
It was thought Martial's recovery would have an influence on
whether Alexis Sanchez would stay or leave before September 2 but Solskjaer
insists this is not the case.
"Alexis is a quality player. We don't have loads of
options," he said. "If there is an offer that's good enough for the
club and him maybe he will go, but if not then he's still our player and he's a
Chile international Sanchez remains a loan target for Inter
Milan, who signed Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku from United earlier in the
window for a club-record €65 million.
The issue over any deal at the moment appears to be a loan
fee, while the debate also continues over a future fee for the Nerazzurri to
purchase the forward permanently.