Manchester United will try to return to winning ways against Crystal Palace on Wednesday after playing out a goalless draw against Chelsea. The Red Devils are twelve points behind table toppers Manchester City, and have failed to score in their last two games across all competitions.
Speaking ahead of the game, both managers provided updates on injuries and possible return dates for their players.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Manchester United manager confirmed Edinson Cavani had returned to training after being out since their draw against West Brom. The Norwegian added, “Edi has trained this morning and hopefully there is no reaction.”
“There are another couple of knocks that we have to look at, from after the [Chelsea] game, and from the season’s wear and tear.”
“It looks good. Edi has got the desire and hunger and, of course, he wants to join in, even if it’s from the bench. Hopefully he’ll say tomorrow that there’s been no reaction.”
Solskjaer admitted Phil Jones might miss the remainder of the season due to a long term knee injury, and said “He’s working really hard. He’s had a couple of setbacks. It’s just that kind of injury where you have to be patient and give him time.”
“I know all about knee injuries. I’m not sure. How long is a piece of rope? That’s how I felt as well when I came back. We’ll give him absolutely every chance to get back this season. If not, hopefully for the start of next.”
On asked about Pogba, Solskjaer said “Paul is still not ready for us, no. He’s feeling better. He’s not been training with the team yet, so he’s definitely not travelling down to London, no.“
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Wilfred Zaha had returned to training, but admitted the game might be a bit too early for the forward. He added “It’s quite good news, really.“
“Wilf’s returned to training, albeit a bit modified. He looks ready to go again, we’ll have to wait for the green light, but it’s looking positive. We will be able to welcome him back very, very soon.”
“Also, I’m very pleased that Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham have recovered and will be available for me. It’s good news on the offensive front, we’re looking much more like we should be.”