Man Utd are without Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic but their back-ups have impressed over the past week.
Manchester United fans were given a glimpse of the future on Wednesday night as James Garner was handed his Manchester United debut.
The 17-year-old midfielder was a 90th-minute substitute during the Reds’ win at Selhurst Park as he replaced Fred for the five minutes of injury time that remained.
Garner is the second United player to make his debut under Solskjaer and it is clear that the Norwegian is attempting to lay the groundwork for the future of the club, whether he remains in charge in the long term or not.
Solskjaer will have taken satisfaction from handing Garner his senior bow but equally as pleasing for the 46-year-old will have been the performances of several of his fringe players.
Scott McTominay, Fred and Diogo Dalot all started against Palace as Solskjaer was forced to field an altered side as a result of injuries to eight first-team players.
Dalot and McTominay impressed throughout, while Fred’s performance after the interval was encouraging after a less-than-impressive first-half display.
Summer recruit Dalot has been good in the majority of his outings since his transfer from Porto last summer but doubts about the quality of Fred and McTominay have lingered for much of the season.
There were promising signs against Palace that both men could have futures at United, while Andreas Pereira’s stock is also high after an impressive display against Liverpool over the weekend.
Fans were sent into meltdown when the midfield trio of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba was broken up going into last weekend’s draw with their bitter rivals, but it has been proved over the last two games that United do have quality in reserve in midfield for when injuries strike.
It’s still early days for all three midfielders but the way McTominay and Andreas applied themselves against the league leaders will have given Solskjaer the confidence that he can trust both men going forward.
Fred hasn’t looked like a £52million player all season but there is a reason both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were so keen to sign the Brazilian midfielder from Shakhtar Donetsk.
United still need to recruit a top-class midfielder in the summer, and Ivan Rakitic has been mooted as a potential target, but the last week has proved the team’s lack of depth in midfield isn’t as bad as initially feared.