Manchester United are set to take on West Ham without midfielder Fred after he did not travel to London for Saturday evening’s game, while Marcus Rashford also remains a doubt.
The Red Devils spurned the chance to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League in midweek, losing 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain and conceding two late goals after Fred was shown a second yellow card.
And now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have made the decision to leave the Brazilian out of his matchday squad for the trip to the London Stadium.
United’s squad travelled to the capital on Friday night but, according to MEN, Fred was not with them, instead staying in Manchester, though he had trained earlier in the day and was not mentioned as an injury doubt.
It is not yet known if Fred’s omission is a reaction to his sending off against PSG or a purely tactical decision, while he could have picked up a knock in Friday’s training session.
Nevertheless, his absence is strange given that he is suspended for Tuesday’s must-not-lose clash with RB Leipzig, while United have a heavily congested fixture schedule in December.
United are also sweating over the fitness of Rashford, who has been dealing with a shoulder problem for the best part of a month and was forced off against PSG, though Solskjaer is hopeful he will be able to play.
‘Marcus, he’ll run through a brick wall for you and that’s the type of lad he is,’ said the Norwegian coach.
‘We’ve just got to be fingers crossed it doesn’t get worse because at the moment it is still manageable.
‘How serious is it? At the moment he’s getting that tiredness towards the end or that soreness towards the end that stops him from completing the games.
‘Hopefully it won’t take too long to completely go away. Of course, you think about how you manage these players throughout the whole season anyway.’
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