Man Utd: Solskjaer gives thoughts on title race
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek will miss their upcoming Europa League clash with Real Sociedad through injury. The pair have suffered muscle injuries and Solskjaer has confirmed that they will not travel to Italy with the rest of the squad.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer also revealed that Paul Pogba will be out of action for the remainder of February as a result of the thigh injury he suffered in United’s 3-3 draw with Everton.
Solskjaer said: “Paul’s recovering. He’s starting the treatment.
“It’ll still be a few weeks, he won’t be playing in February that’s for sure.
“It’s still a few weeks until we see Paul, definitely.
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“Donny and Edinson are injured unfortunately, muscle injuries, so they won’t travel.
“Apart from that, we have a couple of doubtful ones, if they’ll be fit enough – Anthony [Martial] and Scott [McTominay].”
The first leg of United’s tie with Sociedad is being played in Turin as a result of travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Teenage prospects Amad and Shola Shoretire will also be part of the travelling squad.
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Solskjaer believes Amad, who joined up with United last month after making the move from Atalanta, is at the perfect club to develop his talent.
“Well we give them a chance to come to United and have a successful career,” he added.
“That is something we take serious and are good at. We like to give players a chance. Our fans, our history has always been about skilfull attacking players.”
Solskjaer also spoke about United’s development as a team, adding: “We’ve in periods been very good at counter-attacking, had good performances by defending deeper.
“The last year and a half we’ve worked on pushing higher – that’s another layer.
“Now we want to marry the two.
“It is about freshness, about energy.
“We have improved on our fitness but the relentlessness of the season has played a part — we will get the benefit at one point.”
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