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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides fresh injury update on Victor Lindelof

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an injury update on Victor Lindelof ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League derby against Manchester City.

The Sweden international sustained a minor injury in training earlier this week, and he was subsequently absent for the midweek Champions League encounter at Atalanta.

During that game, United suffered a setback with Raphael Varane sustaining a hamstring injury. It has been confirmed that he will be sidelined for around a month.

Ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby, Solskjaer has revealed that Lindelof remains a doubt, but he would expect the 27-year-old to be ready in time.

He said, via Manchester Evening News: “He’s still a doubt, but hopefully, he can come back in tomorrow and say he’s ready. I would expect him to be ready, put it that way but I can’t promise you.”

Our view:

Solskjaer has opted for a three-man backline in the last two games. United kept their first clean sheet in 11 games at Tottenham Hotspur, where they ended up with a comfortable 3-0 league triumph.

However, they faced a completely different test against Atalanta in the Champions League.

They conceded early with a three-man central defence before Varane’s injury setback.

United ended up with a 2-2 draw in the end. Cristiano Ronaldo salvaged a point for the Mancunian giants, scoring in stoppage time of either half. He scored the equaliser with a superb controlled volley.

It is unclear which formation Solskjaer could deploy against City. Eric Bailly stood out against Atalanta, and he appears a shoe-in to start alongside Harry Maguire if Lindelof remains sidelined.

If Lindelof is fit, it won’t come as a surprise if Solskjaer continues with the 3-4-1-2 formation. He may want more defensive assurance and could look to catch City on the counter-attack which has worked with good effect.

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Read: Predicted Manchester United line-up (3-4-1-2) vs Manchester City.

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