Earlier in the week, Manchester United fans learned that Paul Pogba will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. The mercurial Frenchman isn’t expected back in action until December – which is obviously a huge blow.
Anyway, one man’s loss is another’s gain. Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get a prolonged look at other players who’ll start on the back of Pogba’s injury.
Ahead of the crunch Carabao Cup match against Chelsea, the Baby Faced Assassin has named the 26-year-old Fred who’ll ‘probably’ replace Pogba in the United team for the most part.
“Fred will probably take Paul’s position for a while now,” Solskjaer said, per ESPN. “He’s been brilliant for us.”
“There is no use talking about who is not going to be here for a long, long time, because he is not going to come on the pitch and help us until he is fit.
“Paul’s been brilliant and he is a creative midfielder that we need, but then it is up to the others to step up.”
The Brazil international has rightly come under fire since his big-money move to United, though over the last few weeks, there’s no doubt that the Brazilian has improved.
He was excellent against Norwich City at the weekend and now it’s down to the former Shakhtar Donetsk man to continue that momentum and back it up against some top-quality opposition.
There is no hiding on the football field. Midfield has become a real problem area for Solskjaer even when Pogba is fit. In a way, it’s good that the Norweigan’s hand has been forced because we’ll see what the likes of Fred, or maybe even James Garner can do with a prolonged run in the side…