Before Thursday’s Europa League match against Milan, Solskjaer expects a huge boost for his team.
For Manchester United’s travel to AC Milan on Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to get up to five players back from injury.
Paul Pogba, who hasn’t appeared since being substituted during United’s 3-3 draw with Everton at the start of February, is also a possibility ahead of a critical week for the club.
United are looking to qualify for the Europe League quarter-finals and the FA Cup semi-finals, and the changes to their roster will help them do so.
WHAT WAS SAID?
More players should be ready for the second leg against AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday, according to Solskjaer.
Injury-wise, I hope we have four or five players back for that game, most definitely Edinson (Cavani) and Anthony (Martial) are fit, Donny (van de Beek) hopefully as well, Paul (Pogba) could also make the journey, and David (de Gea) is back from isolation, so that’s more numbers, we have two goalkeepers on the bench today, so we need them back
HOW LONG HAS POGBA BEEN OUT FOR?
Pogba has been in excellent form since suffering a thigh injury that has forced him to miss nine games for United in all competitions. With a knock, Cavani has missed the last four games.
If Solskjaer can get all of those starters back on the field and performing well, United will have a significant advantage going into the final weeks of the season. The knockout games against AC Milan and Leicester this week will decide the season’s result. Solskjaer desires and deserves silverware, and a third semi-final and a quarter-final will help if they get through the next two games.
Pogba was instrumental in United’s undefeated start to the season, which saw them climb to the top of the table. If he can reclaim the form, they have a real chance to finish the season strong in the coming weeks.
Similarly, the strikers have suffered in front of goal this season, so seeing Cavani healthy for the final few weeks – probably his last at Old Trafford – may be helpful.