SOLSKJAER PROVIDES SANCHEZ’S INJURY UPDATE

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Alexis Sanchez made his first start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the FA Cup third-round tie against Reading and produced a lively performance in the opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford.

Sanchez was having a good afternoon having assisted Romelu Lukaku for United’s second goal, but his game was cut short as he went down in a heap clutching his right leg in the 64th minute and had to be replaced by Marcus Rashford.

The injury doesn’t seem to be serious as the Chilean did not appear in too much pain as he made his way off the pitch and even shared a joke with Solskjaer after he sat in his manager’s seat by mistake.

Sanchez will be assessed ahead of United’s next league game against Tottenham Hotspur, and Solskjaer hopes the Chilean will be ready for that game.

When asked about Sanchez’s injury, Solskjaer told BT Sport: “I think he’ll be okay but he was tired and hopefully it’s not a bad reaction.

“We’ll see ahead of next week [Spurs match].”

He told the media in his post-match press conference: “He was feeling his hamstring towards the end and he should have told me a minute before because I had just made two subs and I didn’t have to take one off in the end.

“I think he will be OK, but he was tired and hopefully it is not a bad reaction so we will see once we get closer to next week.”

Manchester United will have a full week to prepare for United’s next game which is an away clash to Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium on the 13th.

Solskjaer has revealed he is taking his squad to a training camp in Dubai this weekend, and he has explained that he wants to know the players better.

“I’ve got to know them [the players] because I’ve had plenty of time to speak to them,” Ole said at his press conference on Friday.

“But we haven’t had plenty of time to train.

“It’ll be a time to get some fitness work and work hard with them, so, if any of the players think it’s a holiday, they’re wrong, because we’re there to stick together, work hard on the physical part of it and, of course, think a little bit ahead to the Tottenham game.”