Manchester United Football Club seemingly aren’t going to be investing in the playing squad during this January – which is bitterly disappointing given the state of things right now.
First and foremost, it comes down to injuries for me. You look at the likes of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford who are all injured in the long-term. When you’ve got such a little squad in terms of numbers, it hurts you even more, hence why we felt it was a no-brainer that one or two players would arrive, right?
Well, rather than the problem getting better, it may even worsen. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met the media today ahead of the derby against Manchester City tomorrow – and it seems like Nemanja Matic is touch-and-go in regards to his availability.
United are sweating on the fitness of the key 31-year-old, who was substituted at half-time against Tranmere due to a problem, the details of which the Baby Faced Assassin didn’t discuss…
“We need everyone but, of course, some of these players have played loads of football,” Ole told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“Nemanja had to come off, let’s see how he is before tomorrow. Anthony [Martial], we could take off at half-time and Harry [Maguire] has played the most football for us, which is okay. City rested their players as well so they’ll be just as fresh.
”Apart from Nemanja it’s the same squad. Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] will be back in the squad and David [De Gea] too. We should be the same squad that’s been travelling lately. They’ve done fantastic. We have two more games [this week] so let’s give what we have, then we have a little break.
“Nemanja felt something and to make sure we give him the best possible chance for tomorrow night we took him off [at Tranmere]. I think he should be all right but let’s see today in training.”
The fact that Ole says ‘apart from Nemanja’ concerns me. That hints that the Norweigan isn’t convinced whatsoever in regards to his availability. If that’s the case, are we really going into this game with only two fit midfielders in the form of Fred and Andreas Pereira?
Simply put, that’s not good enough. When you’re facing the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho and many others, it’s actually quite scary…
Right now I’m praying that Matic is fit, but again, it’s down to the overplaying of the Serb. He’s featured in practically every match since McTominay went down with his injury – and he’s no spring chicken anymore.
I just feel for Solskjaer. He’s working with one hand tied behind his back right now and it seems to me as if things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.