Manchester United take on Manchester City tomorrow, in the first Manchester derby of the season.
Coming into this one on the back of a solid victory at home to Tottenham Hotspur, the Red Devils dressing room will definitely be in buoyant mood. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have an upset on the mind, while looking to all-but end City’s faint title hopes in the process.
The Baby Faced Assassin will be set to test himself against arguably the best manager within the sport right now, and ahead of the clash at The Etihad, Solskjaer has delivered mixed injury news…
“We hope to have Anthony, definitely, for part of the game. I am not sure he is able to start,” Solskjaer said per ManUtd.com.
“Paul probably won’t be available, no,”
“We expect him back as soon as possible, as quickly as possible. He’s out on the grass training. I said [he’ll be back] in 2019, so hopefully we’ll see him before the new year, definitely.”
Yes, Martial is seemingly feeling better and he could be in contention to start, but at the very least it looks as though he’ll make the substitutes bench.
As for Pogba, I’d hoped that perhaps he’d have also been named as a substitute, but unfortunately, the game looks to have come too soon for him – despite his return to the training field.
Call me a cynic but I’m worried about Pogba. I get the impression that he’s still not happy in Manchester and is angling for a move away in January, though that’s easier said than done.
The good news is that Fred looked great on Wednesday night so hopefully, he can continue playing like that in Pogba’s absence. As for Marcus Rashford, that man is in sublime form right now so we need to feed him the ball as much as possible.