English Premier League giants Manchester United will have to do without the services of striker Alexis Sanchez for the month of December after the Chilean sustained a hamstring injury in training on Thursday 29 November.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona forward has not played a lot this season and this latest setback adds to his woes at the club he joined in January, with a reported rift with manager Jose Mourinho.
Speaking ahead of their weekend clash with Southampton, Mourinho refuted claims that he didn’t have a good relationship with the player and always benched him because of simple decisions that happen at every club.
“The first thing I can say is that in every other club when a player is not playing it’s a simple manager’s decision. In our club, when a player doesn’t play, it’s always (reported that it's) because the player isn’t behaving and has disciplinary issues. Of course that’s not the case again.
“He has an important injury. I don’t want to risk by saying for how long (he will be out) but from the top of my experience, I would say he’s not playing this year,” Mourinho is quoted by the clubs portal.
Alexis appeared as a substitute in the recent league games against Manchester City and Crystal Palace and last started for United in the impressive 2-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League.
There is a timely boost for United though with Mourinho confirming that Portuguese right back Diego Dalot is ready to make his Premier League debut for United against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
The Reds are set to be without the injured Victor Lindelof again, with Mourinho confirming after Tuesday's 1-0 Champions League win over Young Boys that the Swedish center-back is likely to be out for around three weeks after sustaining a hamstring problem towards the end of the draw with Palace. Fellow defenders Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian also missed the midweek match against Young Boys through injury.
Luke Shaw could feature against his former club on Saturday, after missing last weekend’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace due to a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards in the Premier League.