Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Paul Pogba is facing a ‘few weeks’ on the sidelines after he sustained a thigh injury against Everton.
Pogba went off shortly before half-time in the 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, and there were immediate concerns about how the injury was sustained. He collapsed to the deck under innocuous circumstances, and immediately signalled for a substitution, knowing his game was done.
Solskjaer initially expressed hope that the injury wasn’t serious, but after he underwent a series of scans over the weekend, he is now expected to be out for a ‘few weeks’.
In a statement on the United website, Solskjaer said: “It’s an injury that will take a few weeks to heal. He’s just started his recovery, working with the medical staff and we’ll get him back as soon and as safely as we can.
“Of course, Paul has been very important for us and we’re not going to take any risks. A few weeks definitely.
“You never want to be injured and, especially, now Paul was really finding his form and enjoying his football. For us, we just have to take as many points and wins as possible, when you lose players.
“We’ve been very healthy and strong for a long period so we can’t moan too much.”
United were reluctant to put an exact timeline on it, but did confirm he would miss both Europa League ties with Real Sociedad – which frames the visit to Chelsea on February 28 as his first potential return date.
By that reasoning, he will miss their next five matches – the FA Cup clash with West Ham and their Premier League encounters with West Brom and Newcastle, in addition to their upcoming European matches.