Solskjaer plans to ‘conjure up’ solution to midfield injury crisis

Date published: Friday 22nd November 2019 10:53

McTominay, Pogba and Matic will all be missing for the club's trip to Sheffield United on Sunday.

Paul Pogba Scott McTominay Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to “conjure up” a way to replace Manchester United midfielders Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba while they spend time on the sidelines.

McTominay, Pogba – who has been a long-term absentee – and Nemanja Matic will all be missing for the club’s trip to Sheffield United on Sunday.

McTominay, who has been one of the club’s best players this term, limped off in United‘s last Premier League match against Brighton on November 11 and will face another two weeks on the sidelines.

“Scotty hurt his ankle and will be out for a couple of weeks,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve lost Rojo, he’s injured. Paul is still injured, but we’ve got Axel, Luke and Nemanja back in training, so we’re looking better, getting numbers back. Maybe not match-fit – Axel, Luke and Nemanja have been out for a long time. But numbers in training, we’re stronger.”

On how United will cope without Pogba and McTominay, Solskjaer added: “Well, we’ve lost Nemanja for a long period that’s gonna take it’s toll if you take three midfielders out of any top club but Fred’s stepped up and we’ll have to try to conjure up a way of replacing them.

“Long-term we’re looking at different positions and midfield yeah we’ve been looking at. Yeah, there’s always types of players we’re looking at but I’m not going to talk about that now.”


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