Manchester United will have a depleted midfield for Sunday’s match against Sheffield United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the absences of both Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba for the upcoming match against The Blades. Both players will be out for a little while longer, though. The gaffer confirmed both news during Friday’s pre-match press conference.
Solskajer’s words on both McTominay and Pogba
“Scott will be out for a little while, still,” Solskjaer confirmed, in an interview with MUTV’s Stewart Gardner. “He has not been training with us, he is still recovering and, hopefully, we can see him, maybe, around the time of Tottenham or [Manchester] City [next month]. We don’t know yet. he heals quickly. But he is not going to be ready for Sheffield United or Astana, definitely. Probably not [Aston] Villa either.”
As for Pogba, Solskjaer said the Frenchman is improving but is still at least a few weeks away from returning to action.
“Paul is improving. Obviously he has been out and, when you are in a cast for that long, you do lose your muscle, so gradually you have to step it up. He has not started on his football work yet. So it will still be a little while before we see him.”
What about the rest of the squad?
Marcos Rojo is another absentee through injury. Meanwhile, on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson is ineligible to face The Red Devils. This restriction comes due to the terms of his loan move to Sheffield. As a result, the England international won’t face his former club, which is probably a good thing for Manchester United.
However, this week could still be qualified as “positive” for Manchester United when it comes to injuries.
Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic have all been dealing with injuries of late. However, all six returned to training earlier this week. Their availability for Sunday’s match will be decided on Saturday. However, their return to training should be a boost for the coaching staff. Especially considering the crowded schedule on both November and December.