Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed four first-team players are nearing a return to action after long-term injury layoffs.
Speaking in Friday’s press conference, Solskjaer said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “We’re getting players back. We’re getting Paul, Diogo, Eric, Timothy back, that’s four extra bodies back for us in the coming months.
“Diogo is playing tonight in the game for the youngsters, from then on he’s ready, Eric, Tim and Paul probably need a little more time.
“We’re getting four players back that we haven’t been able to have and that will strengthen our squad.”
It’s encouraging to hear these first-team players are well on the road to recovery and they will certainly boost Solskjaer’s squad upon their return.
Paul Pogba has not featured for United since sustaining an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal on September 30. In total, he has already missed 20 matches for the Reds this season.
Solskjaer has been lacking a creative midfield spark in his absence who has the ability to unlock an organised defence. We hope the Frenchman can return before the new year with games against Watford, Newcastle and Burnley still to come in 2019.
Diogo Dalot, meanwhile, has had his United career so far disrupted by injuries and it’s great to hear he’s back fit and raring to go. The Portuguese youngster can give competition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at full-back providing he can stay fit.
Meanwhile, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have both not played this season after nursing serious long-term injuries. Neither are expected to break into Solskjaer’s starting eleven when they eventually return.
While it’s encouraging news that Solskjaer will soon have a larger pool of players to choose from, it does not change the fact that the squad still needs significant investment.
United should look to sign at least one midfielder and attacking player in the upcoming January transfer window.