Manchester United’s problems this season have been well documented. For me, there has been two obvious problem areas; midfield and attack.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to thin out the front line wasn’t the wisest career-move he’ll ever make, those woes in the middle of the park have been taken out of his hands due to injury concerns.
Right now, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are all sidelined. The only fully fit players are Fred and Andreas Pereira. Obviously, that spells trouble.
Anyway, before the Red Devils’ game against Aston Villa on Sunday, Solskjaer has delivered a positive injury update on the key midfield duo of Pogba and McTominay.
The Baby Faced Assassin is hopeful that McTominay can play this Sunday, while adding McTominay ‘maybe’ ready to take on Spurs this Wednesday. Although Pogba won’t be available for selection, he’s stepping up his recovery which is a step in the right direction.
“We hope Scotty will be back as soon as possible, but he’s also been back home and I’ve not seen him,” said the boss in his pre-match press conference, via ManUtd.com.
“Maybe [he will be fit to face] Spurs but hopefully for Sunday.”
Then, when asked about Pogba, Solskjaer responded:
“Paul is stepping up his recovery and let’s see how soon he’ll be match fit and available,”
“Of course, he’ll be like a new signing for us. He’s not really been able to play for us and, when we get him back, it’ll be like a new world-class signing and world-class midfielder.
“We want him back as soon as possible. Sunday? No. I can’t say now as I’ve not been home and seen him. Let’s see where he’s at when he comes back and he starts training with us.”
First and foremost, it’s worth noting that Pogba has been missing for a couple of months so no doubt he’ll need time to get back up to speed. We, as fans, must give him that – despite his inconsistency.
Who’d have thought that McTominay would be the key cog? But my, he has been absolutely sublime this term. Sitting at the base of the midfield, the young Scot has covered every blade of grass, bombed forward and got involved on the attack and never shirked a tackle. What a player.
The sooner these guys are back fully fit and firing the better. Hopefully, they’re ready before the hectic winter schedule because we’re definitely going to need them.