It feels like a recurring theme these days, but this season, Manchester United have once again been hit hard by the injury bug.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been without key players for prolonged periods of time and perhaps that’s why the Red Devils are where they are in the table. It’s certainly a contributing factor, that’s for sure.
Well just before the hectic winter period, United have been given a big injury boost as three players are set to return to training next week, Solskjaer has confirmed.
”Next week, Eric [Bailly] will start training, Tim [Fosu-Mensah] will start training, Paul will probably start training with us next week properly. So let’s see.” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by ManUtd.com.
The trio have all been long-term casualties. Paul Pogba has been missing since September and his absence has been sorely felt in midfield. Eric Bailly’s season was over before it started thanks to knee ligament damage, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been out for the best part of the year too…
To get them all back out there on the training field is huge. Pogba will no doubt make an impact upon his return, while it wasn’t too long ago when Bailly was showing signs of rediscovering his debut season form. As for Fosu-Mensah, he could feel like a new signing if the young Dutchman can get back to his best.
At the very least it just gives Solskjaer a bit more breathing room where team rotation is concerned. This is a squad that has been looking rather thin on the ground recently and getting these bodies back can only be a positive.
Solskjaer also provided an update on Lingard, who didn’t train today though the gaffer is hopeful he’ll be fit to take on Everton on Sunday…