Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided injury updates on Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford.
United welcome former manager Jose Mourinho and Spurs to Manchester in midweek, looking to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing home draw with Aston Villa.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have endured a difficult start to the season and their hopes have not been helped by depleted options in central midfield, with the trio of first-team players having been absent in recent weeks.
France international Pogba has not featured since the draw with Arsenal in September, and while the midfielder has returned to training following a troublesome ankle injury, he will once again be absent for the midweek clash with Spurs.
“No. Paul’s not ready, no,” the Man Utd boss told reporters in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday morning. “So, he’s still a bit away, but he’s working hard, so let’s see.
“He’s out [training] on the grass, so let’s see how long it will take.”
Solskjaer did provide more positive news on the fitness of both McTominay and Matic though, with both players in contention should they come through the club’s final training session unscathed.
McTominay has been one of the club’s better performers this season and has missed their past three fixtures with an ankle problem, whilst Matic has been out for almost two months with an unspecified injury.
“You know I don’t want to talk about these injuries we’ve had, but of course when you get Scott back, when you get Paul back… we have been light in midfield because we had Scott and Nemanja and Paul out for such a long time and that’s affected us.
Manchester United have averaged 0.8 goals conceded per game this season when Scott McTominay has played, compared to 2.3 when the Scotsman has been absent.
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“[Scott and Nemanja] are touch-and-go, so let’s get this [today’s] training session out of the way. We’ve got more games than this one, so I can’t just look at one game. We’ve got to look at the long term.”
Manchester United currently sit ninth in the Premier League ahead of the clash against fifth-placed Tottenham, though victory will lift the club above Wednesday’s opponents.