The already wafer-thin Manchester United has faced a mini injury crisis and the worst is yet to come if the words of Didier Deschamps is to be believed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be feeling like the unluckiest person on the plant. After a dream starts to his “dream job”, the Norwegian is slowly watching it turn into a nightmare. Despite a mood-dampening season end, the pre-season offered a lot of hope to everyone involved with the club. The team had not only produced good results but the performances were impressive as well. With three impressive additions, compared to the last few years, Manchester United looked ahead to the 2019-20 campaign.
Fast forward a month and a half into the season, some fans are already writing off Solskjaer. The performances have been pedestrian and the players have displayed reluctance to find the back of the net. One of the prime reasons has been the lack of availability of players in attack. Having unloaded Lukaku and Sanchez, Ole trusted Martial, Rashford, and Greenwood (occasionally) to fill in the void. But injuries to Martial and Rashford has flipped the script on its head. And an update from the French manager is set to worsen the situation.
Pogba injury worries
Didier Deschamps revealed his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Pogba being the notable omission. When quizzed about it, he spoke about the Frenchman’s injury issues.
“It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps said on Friday.“He played in the [EFL] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks. I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.”
Solskjaer echos Deschamps’ views
After Deschamps’ comment, Solskjaer confirmed Pogba’s unavailability for the Newcastle game this weekend. “Probably not, let’s see on Saturday morning, probably not,” he said talking about the midfielder’s fitness. “There’s an international break as well and that might be a time for us to give them 10-14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool.”
The midfield depth for Manchester United is more or less non-existent. The untimely sale of Ander Herrera and the drop off in Matic’s form has been a worry for the manager. The unavailability of Pogba, who has been tasked to run the midfield by himself will certainly hamper the Red Devils. The United faithful will keep their fingers cross, hoping to have their No.6 for the Liverpool clash. Without Pogba, the Mancunians don’t stand a chance against Klopp’s side.