Alexis Sanchez will “hopefully” be fit for Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham, according to Solskjaer
Manchester United won their fifth straight game under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they beat Reading 2-0 in the FA Cup third round.
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United made it five wins from five under Solskjaer on Saturday as first-half goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku sent them through to the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Reading.
The win was marred somewhat by Sanchez hobbling off with 25 minutes remaining, struggling again with a hamstring issue.
But Solskjaer is confident the Chile international will be available for selection at Wembley in a crunch Premier League clash next time out.
“I hope it’s not going to be too bad,” Solskjaer told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“It’s the same hamstring that he’s been having trouble with but we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll be okay for next weekend.”
“Hopefully okay,” Solskjaer said of Sanchez’s injury. “He was feeling his hamstring. He should have told me before, though, because I made two subs. Hopefully he’ll be okay for next weekend.
“I think maybe he’s happy that he got through 60 minutes. Hopefully he won’t be too bad, because he’s been out for a month now, he had 20 minutes against Newcastle, maybe, he’s had 60 minutes [today], and of course you know the quality he has.
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.
“I have to say that they made it tough for us and I probably made it tough for us,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.
“You know when you make nine changes it is never easy for a team to play together.
“We’ve learned a lot, every single day we play together and train together we learn. We know we need some fitness work, need to work on relations, but today I put a team together that never played together.
“We’re through, that’s good, [but] loads of things to improve.
“We know that if the performance is repeated at Wembley against Spurs, we’re not going to come away with a clean sheet and any points.”
United will now travel to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp before playing Tottenham on Sunday. Sanchez will be monitored throughout the week before Solskjaer decides whether to select him at Wembley.