Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the key midfielder Paul Pogba and the forward Anthony Martial will both miss Manchester United’s clash with Leicester.
The Norwegian tactician has been sweating over the fitness of five stars ahead of the Old Trafford match, with Pogba (ankle/foot), Martial (thigh), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (back), Jesse Lingard (illness) and Luke Shaw (thigh) all struggling during the international break.
Jesse and Aaron were forced to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s roster for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria, but there is a chance the duo could feature this weekend.
While Martial and Pogba have both been ruled out of the match, Solskjaer is hopeful the French pair can return in time for the side’s trip to West Ham United on September 22.
Manchester United defender Shaw will also be unavailable the previous week as he steps up his recovery from a thigh injury.
Asked about Paul’s fitness, Solskjaer replied: ‘Pogba won’t be fit, no, unless he’s had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or tonight to tomorrow. He’s not been ready to do 100 per cent training, no.’
‘We hope more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony are in that category, I think they’ll be ready for then and can’t say more than that really.’
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a swoop for Juventus forward and Manchester United target Paulo Dybala in the winter transfer market.
The 25-year-old star was strongly linked with a transfer away from the Italian champions in the summer, with the Red Devils, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur all said to be in the race.