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Thursday 20 June 2019

United crock Rom will miss Wolves clash

Belgium boss Martinez says striker suffering with foot injury. Solskjaer ignores questions about Sanchez move rumours

INJURY FEAR: Romelu Lukaku could miss Man United’s FA Cup tie at Wolves today with a foot problem
INJURY FEAR: Romelu Lukaku could miss Man United’s FA Cup tie at Wolves today with a foot problem

Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves tonight with a foot injury, says Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bounce back from his first domestic defeat as caretaker manager by progressing at Molineux this evening,

United's list of absentees have shortened ahead of the tie, but Lukaku may miss out after aggravating a foot complaint in Sunday's 2-0 loss at Arsenal.

SELECTED

Solskjaer said Lukaku, 25, was complaining of a "sore foot this week so he's being assessed, so hopefully he'll get through (the session) today" - comments soon followed by Martinez seemingly ruling the striker out.

The Belgium coach said Lukaku "is going to miss this game with his club this weekend" and that the issue that would be assessed by the national team on Monday, having selected him for their upcoming international fixtures

"Well, at the moment it is a 50-50 situation (to be involved with us)," Martinez said. ''We have a really good relationship with United. At the moment, they feel that he cannot be involved at the weekend.

"But we all feel quite confident that maybe it is a situation where every day, or every 24 hours, it can change a lot.

"So, on Monday we'll have a clear idea and we'll make a decision based with how he feels then."

While Lukaku may miss out, defender Phil Jones is back after five weeks out through illness, plus Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera have been training following hamstring issues.

Youngster Mason Greenwood will be assessed after illness ahead of an FA Cup tie that captain Ashley Young is suspended for.

Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are also "unavailable." Solskjaer ignored a question about reports that Sanchez could move and was hardly wholehearted when asked if United would one day see the best of him.

"Yeah, I hope so," he said. "You can never be 100 per cent sure, of course, but Alexis is such a determined lad.''

Sanchez was in Barcelona - United's Champions League opponents - as his team-mates lost at Arsenal.

DEFEATED

It was the first time Solskjaer had been defeated in a domestic match but the Norwegian was not downhearted.

"You're always measured on results, but we played a good game against Arsenal," he said.

"We have played so much worse and won games and that's the strange thing in football when you're a manager, you can look behind the result and say that was a good performance, we didn't get what we deserved.

''Sometimes you can say that was a bad performance, but we won, then you are happy.

"It's so strange, the Arsenal one. Very disappointed in the result, it hurts more than anything.

''But it's not like we can't look at the performance and say we were s***, because we weren't."

Solskjaer said United had to sign "quality players" but would not be drawn on any move for Gareth Bale, who is unsettled at Real Madrid.

Former manager Jose Mourinho made no secret of his desire to bring Bale, 29, to United, but Solskjaer was coy about a possible summer move.

"I can't really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they're property of other clubs," he said.

"But we should look for quality players who could improve us as a team.''

United face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals and Solskjaer insisted: "On any given day we can beat a top team.

"The confidence in the players, it's sky high. And the mood is good."

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