Midfielder Paul Pogba is an injury concern for Manchester United ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley and there is no doubt that this is a huge blow for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The French World Cup winner missed the 1-0 win at home to Watford at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Saturday due to injury and he may be forced to sit out Tuesday’s trip to Turf Moor to take on Sean Dyche’s side as well.
However, there are encouraging signs that he could be fit to face Premier League rivals Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend. The two sides are separated by goal difference alone at the top of the table this season.
Eric Bailly was forced off in the first half at Old Trafford with a neck injury, while Solskjaer confirmed in his post-match press conference that Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Pogba had all been ruled out of the third-round tie with injury-related issues.
But it’s not all bad news for United as he revealed Lindelof and Shaw took part in full first-team training on Monday, whilst Bailly and Pogba continue to work their way back to fitness.
“Yeah, all of them trained today,” said Solskjaer. “Paul and Eric didn’t do all of it, but Luke and Victor did all of it. I’ve got a decent amount of players to pick from. Let’s see with Paul and Eric and how they are tomorrow.”
United now face an anxious wait to discover whether or not Bailly and Pogba will recover from their injuries in time to take on the Clarets, who seem to have rediscovered their form in recent weeks.
Pogba has played on the left wing in the past couple of games, including the defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, so Marcus Rashford will most likely fill that void, which means Mason Greenwood will keep his place in the starting line-up, and he will surely be relishing the opportunity to impress Solskjaer having started the unconvincing victory over Watford.
It could prove to be a tough test for the 19-year-old right winger, though, as he will square off against Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, and he will have to be at his very best if the Red Devils are to get a result against the gritty Burnley.
However, there’s no doubt Pogba’s absence will be keenly felt by Solskjaer, as he has contributed to five goals in total in 21 appearances across all competitions this term, via Transfermarkt.