Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof are all injured, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated.
Manchester United would squeeze past a resilient Watford side in the FA Cup last night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ringing the changes for the Red Devils.
The Baby Faced Assassin would make nine in total, with several first-teamers missing from the matchday squad altogether.
Us fans just assumed that the likes of Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw were just given some time off. However, that’s not the case…
After the game, Solskjaer would confirm that the trio are all out injured, which is a massive blow considering the importance of the upcoming week for the 20-time Premier League champions.
Check out what the gaffer had to say here:
“They’re injured.” Solskjaer would simply reply, per Goal.
What’s interesting here is that Solskjaer didn’t give any detail in regards to the severity of the injuries. In fact, we don’t even know what’s wrong with the trio.
To me, this feels like mindgames. I don’t doubt the players are suffering with some sort of issue, though Solskjaer is looking to keep both Sean Dyche and Jurgen Klopp guessing in regards to who’ll be fit enough to play against Burnley and Liverpool respectively. It’s something straight out of the Fergie playbook!
My best guess is that Lindelof is struggling with his back again, which could spell long-term trouble. With Eric Bailly also now dealing with a neck problem, that leaves just Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe as the senior fit centre-backs.
Left-back Shaw has been playing his best football in years at the moment so losing him for any prolonged period of time would be tough to take. However, this is why you go out there and sign someone like Alex Telles, who is a more than capable back-up.
As for Pogba, the likes of Fred and Donny van de Beek are more than good enough to step into his shoes and make a difference.
Hopefully, at least a couple of these guys are fit to play, particularly against Liverpool, but in terms of replacements, United aren’t doing too badly…