Manchester United Football Club vs Liverpool Football Club is still undoubtedly the greatest game on the English football calendar.
Although the two outfits have trended in opposite directions over the last five years, the intense, fierce rivalry between the two biggest clubs in the country has always remained.
Anyway, unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that United are suffering from a major injury crisis at the moment. The two-week international break was supposed to ease things in that regard – though it feels like things have only gotten worse…
Ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford this Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met the media and confirmed several injury blows as a key trio are set to miss the encounter.
They’ll be no Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard or David de Gea, though we could see Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka make their long-awaited returns.
“No chance [of Pogba or Lingard being fit]. Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
“He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.”
“David needs a scan, I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.”
The Pogba news is particularly worrying. He has been our only creative spark over the last few months and without him, this team just doesn’t carve out any clear-cut openings.
Thankfully, Sergio Romero is a top-class back-up and in that regard, I think we’ll be fine. As for Jesse Lingard, well his production hasn’t been anywhere near good enough of late.
Looking at it positively, it does present a chance for others to step up and stake their claim for regular first-team starts. Does Fred get another chance? What about Juan Mata, who loves a goal against the scousers? Either way, I can’t wait for kick-off on Sunday!