Manchester United star Victor Lindelof suffering from a back injury
The 26-year-old was an unused substitute as United fell short in Turkey against Istanbul Basaksehir last night. It was our second straight loss after the reversal to Arsenal on Sunday.
Youngster Axel Tuanzebe started the match at centre-back alongside skipper Harry Maguire. He was substituted at half-time after struggling in the first 45 minutes.
Youngster Axel Tuanzebe started the match at centre-back alongside Harry Maguire. He was substituted at half-time after struggling over the first 45 minutes.
But rather than bring on Lindelof, midfielder Scott McTominay was the one who came on. The Scot slotted into midfield while Nemanja Matic dropped back to partner Maguire in defence.
It did little to improve our fortunes as Basaksehir held onto their slender lead to see us out. Maguire looked to have drawn us level in stoppage time, only for the Turks to clear it off the line.
“Victor has got a bad back so he couldn’t play and Axel stepped in”
Rather than an injury, it was the fear of a second yellow that saw Solskjaer take off Tuanzebe.
The youngster struggled throughout and getting caught out may have seen him get sent off. It would have left us with 10 men trying to salvage the match.
United, for now, remain on top of their group. But unless we improve, we may outdo all the promise the first two gameweeks have shown.
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The loss in Turkey has blown the Champions League group wide open. Leipzig are level with us on points while PSG and Basaksehir are just three points off.
But before that, Solskjaer has to negotiate a tricky fixture against Everton. Goodison Park is never an easy place to go to but United will have to ensure they get all three points.