Tomorrow night, Manchester United lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur. Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford for the first time since being dismissed by the Red Devils and no doubt he’ll visit with a point to prove.
The self-proclaimed Special One will get an excellent reception from the fans, make no mistake about that. As soon as the game kicks off, though, that positive relationship goes out of the window for 90 minutes.
Ahead of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conducted his usual pre-match press conference. The Baby Faced Assassin has given us some mixed injury news. Unfortunately, one Man United star has been confirmed as an injury, he’ll miss the Spurs clash.
“No. Paul’s not ready, no,” Solskjaer told the media, including ManUtd.com. “So, he’s still a bit away, but he’s working hard, so let’s see.
“He’s out [training] on the grass, so let’s see how long it will take.”
Being without Pogba is nothing new for United at this stage. The Red Devils have been missing their star midfielder for the best part of a fortnight – the sooner he’s back, the better.
Solskjaer also shed some light on the fitness of both Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. The pair are doubtful, described by the manager as ‘tough-and-go’…
“You know I don’t want to talk about these injuries we’ve had, but of course when you get Scott back, when you get Paul back… we have been light in midfield because we had Scott and Nemanja and Paul out for such a long time and that’s affected us.”
“[Scott and Nemanja] are touch-and-go, so let’s get this [today’s] training session out of the way. We’ve got more games than this one, so I can’t just look at one game. We’ve got to look at the long term.”
Honestly, if one of these guys can make it, there’d be a massive lift inside that dressing room. With respect to their efforts, both Fred and Andreas Pereira just aren’t good enough.
McTominay has been amongst United’s best players this term, while Matic would go out there with a point to prove. After all, he’s clamouring for another hook-up with Mourinho…
Expect this game to be close, hard-fought and a real struggle. If we know Mourinho he’ll keep things tight for 70 minutes and look to hit us on the counter late. Solskjaer has to expect that and adapt.
Hopefully, we’re left celebrating come full-time…