Manchester United are all set to host the self-proclaimed Special One & their ex-manager Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had some worrying messages to share about his injured players.
Speaking to the reporters ahead of the game during his pre-match press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided us with some mixed injury news. Paul Pogba, unfortunately, is confirmed to be still out due to ankle injury and he’ll miss the Spurs clash.
Speaking to media during his pre-match press conference, Ole said:
No. Paul’s not ready, no.
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.
Being without Pogba is nothing new for United at this stage. The Red Devils have been missing their star midfielder for the best part of a fortnight – the sooner he’s back, the better.
Solskjaer also shed some light on the fitness of both Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. The pair are doubtful, described by the manager as ‘tough-and-go’…
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.
[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.
Expect this game to be close, hard-fought and a real struggle. If we know Mourinho he’ll keep things tight for 70 minutes and look to hit us on the counter late. Solskjaer has to expect that and adapt.