Solskjaer confident over Sanchez fitness ahead of Tottenham clash

Florence Fletcher
January 6, 2019

Sanchez was forced to depart the scene early due to a suspected hamstring injury after the hour mark, but prompted a moment of humour when he mistakenly sat down on the manager's seat in the home dugout. Hopefully it is not a bad reaction.

However, Solskjaer is optimistic the former Arsenal forward will be fit for the biggest test of his spell in charge, with Manchester United travelling to Wembley next weekend.

Asked what Solskjaer told him, Chong added: "He said enjoy it, get on the ball, try and get a few touches and enjoy the game". But the congested fixture list over the last two weeks has left little time for training in between games.

At Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon it was Tahith Chong's chance to finally pull on the red of United's first team in a competitive match, a young winger who has shown so much promising at youth level.

Spurs are one of the contenders for the Premier League crown this season, but we seem to have a swagger on the pitch now.

Sone Aluko was denied by a good save from Romero, but United were mostly comfortable in the closing minutes as they secured their place in next Monday's fourth-round draw.

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United were sluggish at times during their victory over the second-tier Royals, but Solskjaer took responsibility for their performance, acknowledging that he may have made too many changes.

He was not immediately dominant, but no one succeeds in his first game. 2-0 flatters us because I think they played some great stuff, then again we could have had three or four towards the end.

Solskjaer played a virtual reserve team, sticking to his promise to give all his squad a chance to impress, and Mata scored the opening goal in the 22nd minute.

The Netherlands Under-21 worldwide, who joined the Red Devils from Feyenoord in 2016, replaced Juan Mata in the 62nd minute. "In a year or two the club needs to move on and move up the table".

FW Romelu Lukaku, 7 - The Belgian looked off the pace before latching onto Sanchez's pass in first half stoppage time to round Reading goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola and score for the third game in a row.

Eric Bailly remains suspended so Matteo Darmian could partner Phil Jones in defence while Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will get recalls after coming off the bench for Man Utd in midweek.

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