Manchester United are set to be without both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay this weekend when they face Southampton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed on Friday lunchtime that both midfielder’s sat out training and are “unlikely” to feature on the south coast.
And while Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka aren’t quite 100 percent, all should all be fit to face the Saints.
“Scott and Paul they didn’t train this morning, not on the grass,” said the Norwegian.
“Very unlikely for the weekend. Marcus, Victor, Aaron should be okay but not 100 percent.
“Luke [Shaw] has started rehab on the grass, not with the squad. Apart from that, Phil Jones is out until after Christmas.”
Pogba’s ankle issue is unrelated to the injury that plagued him during the 2019-20 season, ultimately requiring surgery, with Solsksjaer confirming when asked: “Separate issue.”
Solskjaer’s men head south on Sunday looking for a fourth successive victory in all competitions.
However, the Norwegian warned against overlooking the Saints.
“Of course we want the run to continue but we know how well Southampton have done in the last year or so,” he added.
“We have good away record and we are up there since turn of January.
“We have been pushing up the table, and we are getting that consistency. It is a nice challenge and a good test for us to see if we have learnt our lessons.”
Solskjaer also paid tribute to Diego Maradona, following his death this week.
He said: “It was a sad day; for me Diego Maradona will always be the best player I’ve seen live.
“A guy with unbelievable talent on the pitch, a smile always when you saw him.
“For me he will be the best that ever played football.”
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