Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Alex Telles will miss the Premier League clash against Arsenal this weekend.
After beating RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Solskjaer revealed that the Brazilian left-back tested positive for COVID-19.
When asked if he would be available to face Arsenal, Solskjaer said: “Alex won’t be ready, no, so other than that I think everyone at the moment seems like they can be involved.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, believes his team are back on track as the 1999 treble hero prepares to take the wheel for the 100th time.
October was a microcosm of ups and downs, with the month starting with a 6-1 home loss to Tottenham and ending with a breathtaking victory over Leipzig.
“Arsenal will always be difficult because they are a very good team with a good manager, who has good ideas on how football should be played and I look forward to that,” said the United boss.
“I’m surprised it’s 100. It started very quickly, even though a lot has happened.
“So let’s hope I can celebrate number 100 with a good performance and a result. I have enjoyed it so far.
Solskjaer led United to third place in the Premier League and three cup semi-finals in their first full season on the siege, but a truncated pre-season laid the groundwork for a stumbling start to 2020/21.
Skipper Harry Maguire admitted he felt like he was ‘in a big crisis’ after the home losses to Crystal Palace and Spurs, but there was an encouraging response to the disturbing performances.
“Well I think any result as brutal as a 6-1 should get a response and of course it was dealt with internally,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve tweaked a couple of things, we’ve got fit players and I think the way of defeat wasn’t something we should ever be faced with again.
“Then again, things are happening in football these days, but the response has been fantastic and that is what concerns me. We wanted to finish this ASAP and move forward.