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Solskjaer reveals Alexis Sanchez fears and names return date for injured Manchester United star

first_img Comment Advertisement Alexis Sanchez is struggling at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is not ‘100 per cent sure’ struggling Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez will rediscover his form upon his return from injury.The Chile international suffered knee ligament damage in United’s Premier League victory over Southampton last weekend and is set for a lengthy stint in the treatment room.Solskjaer hopes Sanchez will be able to return in about a month, when United begin a period which sees them face the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea.But Manchester United’s caretaker boss has revealed his fears over Sanchez’s return, admitting he is unsure whether he will be able to rediscover his form at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Alexis is coming back on Sunday,’ Solskjaer said on Friday morning. ‘He’s not been on grass yet.‘He’s been seeing his people in Barcelona… he’s still a few weeks away so if we get to round about Everton, City, Chelsea…  in that period he’ll probably be available.’Asked whether he was confident Sanchez will return to form, Solskjaer added: ‘I hope so.‘You can never be 100 per cent sure but Alexis is such a determined lad, he loves football and is doing everything he can to get back and show his best side.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link415Shares United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer also provided an injury update on striker Romelu Lukaku, who sustained a foot injury in the Champions League victory against PSG, before playing through the pain against Arsenal at the weekend.‘He’s had a sore foot this week he’s being assessed, so hopefully he’ll get through today,’ United’s interim boss added.‘Phil Jones is back, there have been so many players out, Anthony (Martial) is back, Ander (Herrera) has been training, Jesse (Lingard) has been training and we’ve got a decision to make tomorrow on who’s match fit.’Manchester United face Premier League rivals Wolves in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Solskjaer reveals Alexis Sanchez fears and names return date for injured Manchester United starlast_img read more

Record-breaking Babar secures Pakistan whitewash

first_imgA RECORD-breaking knock from Babar Azam lifted Pakistan to a 136-run victory in Abu Dhabi and a whitewash in their three-match one-day international series against West Indies.Babar notched 120 and 123 in the first and second ODIs respectively, and he racked up another 117 off 106 deliveries yesterday to take his total to 360 – more than any other batsman has managed in a series of three or fewer 50-over matches.His 147-run partnership for the second wicket with captain Azhar Ali (101), who bounced back from scoring just nine runs in the first two matches, set a formidable target of 309.And the Windies were unable to save face with Denesh Ramdin top-scoring with 37 as they fell to a second clean sweep of the tour after being skittled out for 172.The tourists will hope to step up their performances ahead of a gruelling Test series which starts in Dubai next week Thursday.Azhar and Sharjeel Khan (38) started strongly, and any relief the Windies had from seeing the latter caught off Sulieman Benn (1-51) at long-on was short-lived, with Babar entering the fray and quickly settling into a steady routine with his captain.Every gap in the field appeared simple for Babar to spot as he surged through the gears, but his skipper was eventually undone by a slow ball from Jason Holder (1-63).Pakistan lost Shoaib Malik for five but Babar was unperturbed, celebrating becoming the third batsman from his country to score hundreds in three successive ODI innings, by dropping to his knees.Kieron Pollard (1-19) finally brought the curtain down on the youngster’s phenomenal knock for his 50th ODI wicket before Alzarri Joseph (2-62) removed Mohammad Rizwan (4) and Imad Wasim (4) in the latter stages.Sohail Khan (1-34) replaced Mohammed Amir in the Pakistan XI and the move quickly paid off as the paceman made the breakthrough with the removal of Evin Lewis (22) in the 10th over.Kraigg Brathwaite (32) reached the boundary three times before being trapped leg-before by Shoaib (1-23), and when Darren Bravo (17) and Marlon Samuels (13) soon followed the Windies were 93-4 in the 23rd over.Mohammad Nawaz accounted for Pollard (11) before claiming the scalps of Sunil Narine and Benn in the same over, while Wahab Riaz removed Joseph (2) for his 100th ODI wicket.Pakistan rounded off a brilliant display when Rizwan capitalised on a miscommunication between Ramdin and Shannon Gabriel to run the keeper out as the Windies’ meek reply concluded in fitting fashion. (Omisport.com)PAKISTAN inningsAz. Ali b Holder 101Sh. Khan c Joseph b Benn 38B. Azam b Pollard 117S. Malik c Ramdin b Narine 5S. Ahmed not out 24M. Rizwan lbw b Joseph 4I. Wasim c Da. Bravo b Joseph 4M. Nawaz not out 4Extras: (lb-7, nb-1, w-3) 11Total: (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 308Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-232, 3-239, 4-280, 5-285, 6-303.Bowling: A. Joseph 8-0-62-2 (w-1), S. Gabriel 5-0-37-0 (nb-1), K. Brathwaite 4-0-22-0, J. Holder 10-0-63-1 (w-2), S. Narine 10-0-47-1, S. Benn 10-0-51-1, K. Pollard 3-0-19-1.WEST INDIES inningsK. Brathwaite lbw b Malik 32E. Lewis b So. Khan 22Da. Bravo c S. Ahmed b Riaz 17M. Samuels run-out 13D. Ramdin run-out 37K. Pollard c Malik b Nawaz 11J. Holder b Wasim 26S. Narine stp. S. Ahmed b Nawaz 0S. Benn c So. Khan b Nawaz 0A. Joseph c Malik b Riaz 2S. Gabriel not out 1Extras: (b-1, lb-4, w-6) 11Total: (all out, 44 overs) 172Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-75, 3-87, 4-93, 5-117, 6-159, 7-161, 8-161, 9-170.Bowling: I. Wasim 8-0-29-1, So. Khan 7-0-34-1 (w-3), H. Ali 6-1-13-0, S. Malik 6-0-23-1 (w-1), M. Nawaz 9-0-40-3 (w-1), W. Riaz 8-0-28-2 (w-1).last_img read more