Solskjaer names unlikely solution to Man Utd midfield crisis

Date published: Saturday 4th January 2020 2:23

Manchester United could choose to deploy Timothy Fosu-Mensah in midfield as their injury crisis mounts, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The recent injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have severely weakened United in midfield, and Solskjaer admitted it puts pressure on Nemanja Matic and Fred.

Fosu-Mensah is closing in on full fitness after picking up an injury while on loan at Fulham last term and Solskjaer thinks the defender could offer the Red Devils another option as a deep-lying midfielder.

“Tim, obviously when he comes back, he’s capable of playing in midfield,” Solskjaer said ahead of Man Utd’s FA Cup third round clash against Wolves.

“Yeah, [Andreas Pereira has] played a couple of games in there. He’s not let us down in there, so he’s an option.”

On the future of midfielder Nemanja Matic, Solskjaer added: “Nemanja will stay. He’s been working hard to get back in and now he’s here and he’s playing well.

“There’s always a chance for [a new contract], of course there is. It’s what you do on the pitch that is the decisive factor there.

“If someone drops out you have to be ready and take your opportunity and I think he’s done okay.

“We had four fit players for two positions at the start of the season, and we felt that we didn’t find the right one [midfielder] for the right value.

“But we have been looking to strengthen the squad in several positions.”


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