Another key Man United man out injured ahead of Watford match

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered some upsetting news in regards to Eric Bailly’s fitness.

The talented Ivorian recently returned from injury to feature superbly vs Chelsea, helping his side keep a clean-sheet in a 2-0 win.

United would then go on to lock horns with Club Brugge in the round of 32 first-leg tie in the Europa League.

Bailly didn’t play but it was initially believed Solskjaer was protecting his player ahead of a crucial clash vs Watford.

Instead, the legendary Norwegian revealed the former Villareal man suffered a knock vs the Blues, putting his position to star vs the London club under threat.

If Bailly was deemed not fit to start vs Club Brugge then it begs the questions why he travelled at all and why he was even put on the bench.

Perhaps it was due to a lack of options but it certainly would’ve been wiser to leave him out entirely, especially due to his injury record.

Bailly was impressive vs Chelsea and Manchester United probably could’ve done with his presence vs Brugge as the tie ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw.

Either way, now Solskjaer is lacking in defenders unless Axel Tuanzebe is ready to play some role vs Watford.

Man United fans slam disappointing duo after Brugge draw

Manchester United fans were thoroughly displeased with Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard‘s performance vs Club Brugge in the Europa League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rotated his men in an effort to rest them ahead of a crucial clash against Watford but unfortunately, the decision backfired.

United drew 1-1 in the round of 32 first-leg tie and barely got anything out of the match after a disappointing performance all round.

Pereira and Lingard were on in order to rest the likes of Fred and Bruno Fernandes but the latter two had to come on to help secure a win.

Unfortunately, despite the team playing better, they couldn’t do so and now the Red Devils must win at home in the second-leg.

Pereira and Lingard both had something to prove, not just because they’ve been in awful form all season long but also because of Bruno Fernandes’ arrival.

Both their positions are under threat and yet they played as though they had no concerns about the matter.

The out-of-form pair have been played in various positions this season in order to try and get something out of them but they’ve failed to impress.

With Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford absent, Manchester United desperately needed someone to rise to the occasion and it was a poor draw after the good win over Chelsea.

Potential XI: Solskjaer to ring the changes vs Club Brugge

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider ringing the changes in the Europa League clash vs Club Brugge.

As important as it is to win the fixture, it’s arguably more important to keep the squad fit and fresh for the rest of the season.

United’s squad are clearly not up to standards of Solskjaer’s intense tactics and that often means performances burn out quite quickly.

It’s one of the main causes for their inconsistent season so far and so changes should be made to prevent that from happening rather than waiting until it happens and then reacting.

It’s also a chance for Solskjaer to see how his ‘backup’ squad react to the added quality in terms of the transfers made during the January window.

Sergio Romero should be handed a start to provide competition for David de Gea if nothing else and he has proven in the past to be a safe pair of hands.

Eric Bailly has only just returned from injury so as good as he did against Chelsea, it’s best he’s rested and Lindelof takes over.

Diogo Dalot will do the same for Aaron Wan-Bissaka while Brandon Williams’ young age means he should be protected in terms of how many appearances he makes so he doesn’t burn out.

Fred is another who should be saved for the clash vs Watford while unfortunately there’s no one to cover for Nemanja Matic.

Andreas Pereira hardly inspires in central midfield but he’s currently the only option for cover at the moment and so he features.

Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Daniel James have a lot to prove while it gives a chance for Bruno Fernandes to get a mid-week rest too.

Anthony Martial was running on fumes before the winter break so he must be saved from falling into the ‘red zone’ again and fans are excited to see Odion Ighalo feature anyways.

Fans buzzing after Solskjaer confirms Man United’s new signing may start vs Brugge

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has teased fans with Odion Ighalo’s potential first start coming up against Club Brugge.

The talented Nigerian only made a substitute appearance vs Chelsea on Monday night but he could be in line for more minutes in the Europa League tomorrow evening.

Fans are obviously excited to see their new signing in action properly and Ighalo himself must be raring to go.

He only had a few touches vs the Blues and so it wasn’t enough to judge him on what he could bring to the team.

Ighalo is at Old Trafford on a loan spell so there aren’t huge expectations on him but it will be interesting to see him play nonetheless.

Solskjaer has always kept his team selections close to his chest so there’s no surprise that he hasn’t revealed everything just yet.

However, it would be surprising to not see Ighalo start given he was brought in to provide cover for United’s attacking options.

It’s important to keep Anthony Martial fresh as before the winter break he really was running on fumes.

With Ighalo dying to start, it seems a win-win situation to play him despite some other concerns in terms of the importance of the fixture.

Solskjaer confirms the latest really bad news about Pogba

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaaer has confirmed Paul Pogba wasn’t a part of the training session that took place ahead of their clash with Club Brugge.

The legendary Norwegian’s men take on their Belgian opponents in the Europa League tomorrow night and they will be hoping to win comfortably to avoid a nervy second leg.

United’s qualification for the Champions League could very much hinge on their progress in the Europa League given their struggles in the Premier League.

Should they fail to get into the top four spots, winning the Europa League would mean qualification to Europe’s elite competition.

Given Pogba’s future is up in the air, confirming qualification to the Champions League could certainly help smooth matters over.

Not anywhere near being fit and available for the first-team is a far cry from what Solskjaer had initially said about Pogba’s recovery.

The Frenchman has been continuously pushed back from returning to the team and the latest date before it was changed was that he would be back after the winter break.

It’s starting to feel as though Solskjaer will continue to rule him out until he is moved on in the summer as it’s increasingly looking likely that will happen.