Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has revealed Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard will not be fit for this weekend’s trip to Newcastle through injury.
Pogba, who is believed to have been playing through an ankle injury, will be allowed to recover during the international break in a bid to be fit for the clash with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Speaking to ESPN, the Norweigan said: “It might be time for us to give Paul [Pogba] ten or fourteen days extra to be ready for Liverpool.”
Lingard’s late substitute appearance in the Red Devils’ 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar saw him leave the field after pulling up with what seemed to be a hamstring injury and Solskjær doesn’t expect to have the 26-year-old fit either.
United’s number 14 had recently suffered the disappointment of being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad after a poor start to the season alongside fellow struggling Three Lions and Tottenham ace Dele Alli.
Solskjær spoke to the Mirror regarding the midfielder’s injury, offering some hope given the recent injury crisis: “I don’t think it’s too bad. He probably won’t be fit for Newcastle but he should be ready for Liverpool. He tweaked his hamstring, so he didn’t feel he could risk, hopefully, it’s not too bad.”
Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw are also expected to miss yet another game through injury, though Brandon Williams’ introduction to the first-team fold will certainly soften the blow after the 19-year-old’s Europa League performances.
Having recorded nine points in seven games in the Premier League, the club’s worst start since 1989, Solskjær will be hoping to come out on top against former United defender and Newcastle manager Steve Bruce on Sunday and should he fail, the pressure will be heightened even more.
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