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Second in the Premier League with a draw in the Europa League on the horizon, things are going well at Manchester United. It’s not a hedonistic at Old Trafford, but it’s not a moment of total collapse either. It’s fine.
Just two wins in their last six league games have seen the Red Devils fall seven points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand, so the title challenge ship has likely set sail, but trophies and qualification to the Champions League can still be achieved.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskja’s team has some injury issues to deal with. Let’s quickly review.
World Cup winner Pogba was facing ‘a few weeks’ on the touchline when he initially went lame during the 3-3 draw with Everton in early February.
Speaking at the time, Solskjaer revealed: “It is an injury that will take a few weeks to heal. Your recovery has just begun, working with the medical staff and we will get you back as soon and as safely as possible.
Of course, Paul has been very important to us and we are not taking any chances. Definitely a few weeks.
That was the eighth, so the reason is that he could be back in a week or so. That would likely rule him out of the Europa League tie with Real Sociedad and the next Premier League clash with Newcastle.
The home game with the Society could be a possible return date, or failing that, the trip to Chelsea.
Bailly, who hasn’t played since a 2-1 win at Fulham in January, was fit enough to be named to the bench for West Brom, so he’s essentially up to speed again. He has racked up injuries regularly since signing with the Old Trafford team in 2017.
He had been involved in a car accident prior to the loss to Sheffield United before sustaining a further injury in training prior to the Everton draw.
The Ivory Coast international could even get another chance as a central defender sooner rather than later, given United’s obvious difficulties during the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.
Harry Maguire lamented United’s alleged lack of support from referees after Sunday’s game, citing Victor Lindelof’s fight with Mbaye Diagne as an alleged foul. No foul was called and the Senegalese international’s goal was allowed to stand.
Solskjaer somewhat surprisingly admitted that Jones might still have a role to play this season.
The English international underwent knee surgery in October and has not played for the club in over a year. He has been improving his fitness and will be playing for the club’s youth teams before any possible return to senior football.
Solskjaer said in early February: “I hope he gets back to fitness sooner rather than later and can be available to play.”