LONDON: Manchester United are facing an injury crisis on their return to Premier League action, with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw set to miss Saturday’s clash against Leicester City.
Pogba sustained an ankle injury during United’s 1-1 draw before the international break, while Martial and Shaw have not featured since United’s 2-1 league defeat by Crystal Palace on Aug. 24.
“The treatment room been busy and still is… I don’t really know who will be available,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters on Friday.
“Pogba won’t be fit unless he has had a miraculous recovery overnight or before the game. But you have players who can come in with loads of experience — Juan (Mata), Nemanja (Matic), Ashley (Young). They are the ones who have to step up now.”
Diogo Dalot, who is nursing a hip injury, and Eric Bailly (knee) are also ruled out but Solskjaer is hoping that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard could be involved this weekend after late fitness tests.
“Maybe Aaron, maybe Jesse. But that’s it, from the ones who have pulled out. I can’t promise they’ll be available either,” Solskjaer added.
United are looking to turn their season around after failing to record a victory since the opening weekend.
A second league defeat of the campaign would leave United six points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester and heap further pressure on Solskjaer who has failed to deliver results since being confirmed as full-time manager in March.
“We want to get the results we feel we deserve. We are coming into a busy period now, we don’t want to be behind Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal,” Solskjaer said.
“I don’t want to talk too much about Leicester. I see them as a good team but Man Utd is the biggest and best club in the world. I’m sure they want to get into the top four like we do.”