Paul Pogba Man United
Paul Pogba Man United

Man United will take on Real Sociedad in the Round of 32 of the Europa League this week and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without some key players in the first leg.

The first and the biggest setback will be that of Paul Pogba who is still recovering from his thigh injury and the manager has now admitted that the Frenchman will be out for the rest of the month.

Apart from Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani are also ruled out for the midweek clash after picking up knocks.

And if these were not enough, then forward Anthony Martial and midfielder Scott McTominay are also recovering from injuries and will go through a late fitness test in order to determine their availability.

“Paul is recovering well,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Wednesday.

“He’s starting the treatment but it will still be a few weeks. He won’t be playing in February, that’s for sure, it’s still a few weeks before we see Paul definitely.

“Apart from that, we have a couple of doubtful ones, if they’ll be fit enough — Anthony [Martial] and Scott [McTominay].

“Donny and Edinson are injured unfortunately, muscle injuries, so they won’t travel.”

The injuries to Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay will be a big issue for Solskjaer since both these players have been performing really well in the past few months.


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Pogba will also be missed and if McTominay is not a 100% fit then Nemanja Matic will partner Fred in midfield.

Also with Anthony Martial an injury doubt, Marcus Rashford could be playing through the middle and someone like Juan Mata could come into the side.

January signing Amad Diallo has also travelled with the squad but we don’t think Ole will hand the youngster a debut vs Real Sociedad.

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