Manchester United’s player injury issues aren’t over yet, according to the iconic English club in a recent set of statements. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has announced that Paul Pogba is likely to be out of action until this coming December, which unfortunately means that he’ll miss Wednesday’s upcoming Carabao Cup game at Chelsea.
The popular French midfielder played in jut 2 of the last 10 Manchester United games after sustaining a knock to the ankle in his club’s 1-1 draw game with Southampton on August 31. The 26-year-old footballer returned to a third-round tie with Rochdale on September 25 to participate in the League Cup, and then squared off against Arsenal five days later. Alas, Pogba has not played for his club or for England since then, citing his injury as the primary reason for this.
According to Solskjaer, he does not think that he will see Pogba in action until at least December, noting that he will probably be out for a while playing pokies games in Australia and generally taking it easy. At the same time as this ongoing injury battle, Anthony Martial returned to United’s side to make his third consecutive appearance at Stamford Bridge.
Transfer News for the Club
When it comes to transfer news, Manchester United has remained firmly linked to Norwegian forward Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho as well. Circulating rumours have speculated that Napoli expects United to ink a deal with RB Salazburg’s Erling Haaland during the nearby January transfer window.
A recent report from Corriere dello Sport notes that while Napoli views the Norwegian as a ‘dream signing opportunity’, they do believe that he is more likely to become part of United’s team. Haaland previously played for Molde under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and is widely considered to be one of the most talented young strikers to be found in Europe.
Other experts say that United views Paul Pogba as a solid long-term substitute, although he will need to overcome his ankle injuries first. In the meantime, there has been plenty of speculation about Manchester’s upcoming game against Chelsea. The club’s fans will undoubtedly be happy to see their team back their performance against Liverpool in a game that promises to be another thrilling cup-tie.
Tough Competition from Chelsea
Experts are noting that Chelsea have won their last 7 games in all of their competitions, so it is expected that Frank Lampard’s side will be out for revenge for their opening day loss against Manchester United in the Premier League. Ryan Giggs has praised the latter club’s new transfer policy, but feels that Solskjaer lacks a good quality, creative footballer in attack.
Giggs has reportedly been inspired by the 3 American summer signings – Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – but has noted that the club needs a few more players of their calibre to truly shine. In a recent interview, United Great spoke with United Stand, backing Solskjaer and praising the Norwegian who has not been backed by the same funds as some of his predecessors were.
Much like Paul Pogba, Manchester United may also be without Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Timothy Fosu-Mensah for their pending game against Chelsea. Whether or not they will reign victorious regardless of this is yet to be seen.