Paul Pogba could be out until February due to the thigh injury he has sustained with France, leaving Manchester United to try to arrest their slider without their record signing.
The midfielder begins his recreation in Dubai, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær accepted that Pogba would be out of the game until 2022, which means he will miss at least 11 matches. Pogba, who started the season with seven assists in four games, was already suspended on Saturday’s trip to Watford after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
“It was a disappointing injury for Paul at a disappointing time for him,” said Solskjær. “I can not say how fast it will heal: crossing fingers, six or seven weeks, but the worst case scenario is 10, 11, 12 weeks on muscle injuries like this. Hopefully we can see him right after Christmas.”
United, who have only taken four points from the last 18 available, are also without Raphaël Varane and Edinson Cavani, as Solskjær accepted that he is searching for “the magic formula to find the right team for every match”. It has rarely included Donny van de Beek, who has made two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, but Pogba’s absence could give the Dutchman £ 40m. an opportunity, and Solskjær promised to choose him more. “His approach to the game and the training is perfect and I can not go wrong with him,” said the manager. “Donny thinks he should play more and he wants to be involved. He will reap his rewards. “
In contrast, Solskjær has been accused of choosing Harry Maguire too often, with the defender making mistakes during defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City, the first after being rushed back from an injury. Roy Keane, who has been captain of Solskjær for most of his career, has been particularly outspoken in a series of vicious attacks and said last week: “He has been a disgrace for the last few months for Manchester United.” Keane labeled Maguire’s celebration of Albania as an ear to his critics as “embarrassing”.
However, Solskjær gave Maguire a resounding support when he said he never thought about looking for an alternative captain and that he hoped the player’s goals in consecutive England matches would help restore his confidence.
“I have not considered taking a captain’s armband from him,” he said. “He has been an absolute talent for us, both on and off the pitch. Harry is not someone who hides on the treatment table or tries to find any excuse to sit outside. As a true example of a Manchester United player, Harry is “always for his team and his country. The so-called experts have their opinions. He will prove that the critics are wrong.”