The Red Devils boss insists that the French midfielder needs to be prepared to face Liverpool on 20th October.
As if things can’t get any worse for Manchester United, they’ve been struck with another injury concern with Paul Pogba likely to miss their Sunday Premier League clash against Newcastle United before the international break.
Pogba played the whole game in their thrilling 1-1 draw to Arsenal on Monday night but missed the UEFA Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar with United sourcing him to having problems with a foot injury he suffered at Southampton in August. He was rushed back into the team to face the Gunners and seemingly reaggravated something in his foot.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the worst on Friday when seemingly confirming that none of United’s injured stars would be making the return on Sunday. When asked on whether he expects anyone to recover full fitness by Sunday, he said, “Probably not.”
“There’s an international break as well. It might be a time for us to give them that 10-14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool.”
Not only Pogba but his French compatriot Anthony Martial is also expected to be out after being unable to return to full fitness following the injury he suffered in their home defeat to Crystal Palace in August. Jesse Lingard, who limped off in their draw against Alkmaar, is also unavailable for the game.
Solskjaer finds himself in hot water after United are winless on the road this season and have only won two of their last ten competitive games. Solskjaer is hopeful to end this barren run on Sunday and when questioned on whether he feels United can turn around this curse, he reiterated.
“We are a team that can be set up well to play away from home. Sometimes you can play on the counter. Against Alkmaar we didn’t get the counter-attacks as we wanted to because astroturf on a pitch like this it’s you attack, we attack – it’s handball.”
United have now only won only two games in the Premier League so far and sit in 10th place, 12 points behind league leaders Liverpool. The Reds travel to Old Trafford in the derby match after the International break, but Solskjaer will be desperate to get some momentum before the big occasion by prevailing over the relegation-threatened Newcastle side.