Victor Lindelof is hopeful his chronic back injury won’t keep him out of this weekend’s Manchester derby.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face City on Sunday afternoon as they look to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.
Sweden international Lindelof was an unused substitute in the midweek draw with Crystal Palace as United didn’t want to take any risks after he suffered another setback with his ongoing back injury.
United kept a clean sheet as Eric Bailly partnered Harry Maguire in the heart of the defence but Solskjaer might have another welcome selection dilemma on his hands for the trip to the Etihad this weekend.
“Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games,” Lindelof told club media. “Yeah I’ve been struggling a bit with my back. I’ve been having it for the last couple of months.
“I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way. I missed a few games and I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.
“It started to come back a little bit but I’m just trying to manage it in a good way, do the recovery right and then treatment. [I’m] just trying to manage it in a good way.”
United are carefully trying to manage Lindelof’s recovery from the issue and while the Swede agrees patience is key he insists he doesn’t mind playing through pain if it is for the good of the team.
He added: “I have been having these issues for the last couple of months but I’m still out there because I want to be playing, to help my team win games.
“That’s the most important thing for me. If I’m sore for a few days after it or in a bit of discomfort, that’s not a problem if the team wins. That’s the most important thing and I just want to be out there to help the team.”