Man Utd is worried that Paul Pogba will be left out for another two weeks longer than initially expected with the current thigh injury.
The Frenchman missed the last two United matches due to problems and could be excluded from at least three more.
According to the Mail, Pogba is almost certain he will be knocked off both feet of United’s last 32 Europa League games with Real Sociedad, starting this week.
He will also be left out for the clash against Newcastle next week, while his return to the meeting at Chelsea next weekend is not guaranteed.
United are not setting a time frame for his recovery, but will hope that Pogba will play some role in the match at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s presence in the top four best added extra importance to the match, while United faced rival Man City six days later.
Pogba’s absence has already been felt since he broke out of action in the game against Everton.
It took extra time for United to find their way past West Ham in the FA Cup, and on Sunday they looked sluggish in a draw with West Brom.
Solskjaer said before the game at Hawthorns: “We did well without Paul, but of course he’s been very good lately so we hope to get him back as soon as we can.”
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United’s chances of challenging for the title are now hanging in the balance, and Pogba’s participation in Chelsea and City schedules will be crucial to their chances.
But despite falling two more points over the weekend, Solskjaer insists his team is on a long journey.
“I said there are 15 more games that we shouldn’t talk about at this stage,” he said. “It is a compliment to the boys that we have come to the position we are in now.
“We won’t let them (City) get away with it. We’ll be playing them soon and we won’t give them up sooner. This season is so unpredictable, of course we won’t settle for another.”