MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez is unbeaten at Saturday's meeting in Southampton after having had problems with thigh muscles on Thursday, Manchester United said on his website.
The Chilean striker, who missed the team that beat Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, has to undergo further testing to determine how serious he is.
Sanchez took the lead in two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Crystal Palace this past month, his last appearance in the starting line up to win at Juventus in the Champions League on November 7th.
United are the seventh in the league with 21 points out of 13 games before the Sabbath.
British media reported on Thursday that United had exercised its right to extend the survival of David Dey's goalkeeper for an additional year, as negotiations continue to reach an agreement.
The Spanish international contract should expire at the end of the season, allowing him to negotiate for moving to the outdoor club from January 1st.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho called the 28-year-old best goalkeeper in the world after saving an incredible opportunity that enabled England to qualify for the Champions League on Tuesday.
After winning the Young Boys at Old Trafford in Group H, Mourinho stressed that it is important for United's ambition to keep the Spanish goalkeeper who was linked to the move to Paris St Germain.
"He is the best goalkeeper in the world," Mourinho told reporters after an extraordinary rescue that showed the importance of the Spanish goalkeeper. "Our ambition is to have the best in the world and keep it.
"… I know he wants to stay and I know that his agent (Georgi Mendez) is happy with what the player wants, and I also know that management wants to continue and work on it, so I hope I can solve the problem."