Alexis Sanchez could make his Premier League return on Sunday when Manchester United travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.
The Chilean winger has been out of league action since the beginning of March, due to a knee injury sustained in our 3-2 victory over Southampton. After missing our last seven games, the 30-year-old came on for the final stages of our Champions League defeat to Barcelona and will be aiming for more minutes on the pitch when we face the Toffees.
When asked about Alexis’ condition in his post-match press conference on Tuesday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:
“It was important that he got 15 minutes on the pitch and for his mentality as well – he knows his knee is okay. He was close to getting a goal. Hopefully he can give us a bit towards the end of the season so we can push to get into the top four.”
One player that definitely won’t feature on Easter Sunday is Luke Shaw. The defender will serve the second of a two-match ban for picking up 10 bookings during the campaign, but Ashley Young will be available following his one-match ban four our win against West Ham last Saturday.
Marcos Rojo was deployed at left-back in Shaw’s absence last week, so the Argentinian may be chosen to fill in there again, although Young can also play there of course.
In central defence, we’ll await an update on recent absentee Eric Bailly – he hasn’t played since sustaining a head injury while on international duty in March.
As for our midfield, Nemanja Matic could have a part to play after the Serbian was named on the bench for our game against Barcelona. Nemanja hasn’t played since the end of March, but could be utilised by Solskjaer with big games on the horizon.
However, it looks like this weekend’s fixture will be too soon for Ander Herrera to return to the fold. Like Matic, the Spaniard last played against the Hornets but continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Ole’s last update on the tenacious 29-year old, before the West Ham game, suggested that we could see Ander back for the matches against Manchester City or Chelsea.
“Hopefully he can be available for Chelsea or City but I’m not sure,” he said.