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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides unlikely solution to the midfield crisis

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As even more Manchester United players keep getting added to the evergrowing midfield injury list, Timothy Fosu-Mensah could be an unlikely saviour for the club believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Netherlands international broke into the first-team squad during the reign of Louis van Gaal back in 2016, however, he couldn’t capitalise on his eye-catching breakthrough under the managers who followed.

Fosu-Mensah is finally returning to his full fitness after suffering from a knee injury playing for the Cottagers against Everton last April.

Even though the 22-year-old hasn’t played for Manchester United since May 2017, Solskjaer insists he could start as a central midfielder with the likes of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay currently out, while Andreas Pereira could also be asked to switch roles.

Tim, obviously when he comes back, he’s capable of playing in midfield,” said Solskjaer ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Wolves.

“Yeah, [Andreas has] played a couple of games in there. He’s not let us down in there, so he’s an option.”

With so many injuries to contend with Solskjaer, meanwhile, was adamant that Nemanja Matic, who had been out of favour before his recent return to the side, won’t be sold in January.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Nemanja Matic of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Solskjaer insists that Nemanja Matic is going to stay at Manchester United this January

He added:

Nemanja will stay. He’s been working hard to get back in and now he’s here and he’s playing well.

“There’s always a chance for [a new contract], of course, there is. It’s what you do on the pitch that is the decisive factor there.

“If someone drops out you have to be ready and take your opportunity and I think he’s done okay.”

“We had four fit players for two positions at the start of the season, and we felt that we didn’t find the right one [midfielder] for the right value.

“But we have been looking to strengthen the squad in several positions.”

Can the young Fosu-Mensah step up to the occasion as deliver for Manchester United? What do you think?

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