April 20, 2021

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Pogba, Martial, Mata – Man United injury list and expected return dates

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Manchester United go into the derby against Manchester City on Sunday with several injury problems.

United face a tough ask against their rivals, who are on a 21-game winning streak and are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have failed to score in each of their last three games in all competitions and have drawn four of their last five league matches.

Matters are even more difficult for Solskjaer by the lack of availability of some of his squad for the 4.30pm kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

Here is the full injury list, complete with Solskjaer quotes and possible return dates.


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Paul Pogba

Pogba has been out since suffering a thigh injury in the 3-3 draw with Everton at the beginning of February.

United have struggled in his absence, winning just three of the seven games in all competitions without the French midfielder, who is back training but is not match-ready.

What Solskjaer said on Friday : “I probably wouldn’t see Paul being ready, no.” He added on Tuesday: “He’s very positive. He’s working really hard. He knows when he gets back we haven’t got two or three games to play him into form, so he’s working hard on his fitness.”

Expected return date: March 18

Anthony Martial

Martial played 11 minutes off the bench against Chelsea last weekend, but missed the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace with what Solskjaer described as a “knock on his knee”.

However, the Frenchman was with the United squad that arrived at the Lowry Hotel on Friday night.

What Solskjaer said on Friday : “Martial, maybe.”

Expected return date: Sunday

Edinson Cavani

One man who wasn’t spotted with the squad on the eve of the game was striker Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan returned to action in the mid-week draw with Crystal Palace and played 74 minutes following a 17-day absence with a muscular injury.

While he could have not been spotted by photographers or arrived at a different time, his absence does cast doubt on whether he will be available for the derby.

Expected return date: N/A

Donny van de Beek

Van de Beek has not played since coming off the bench in the closing stages of the 1-1 draw with West Brom on February 14.

The 23-year-old midfielder was an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge, but has been kept off the pitch with a mystery problem. He wasn’t with the squad on Saturday.

What Solskjaer said on Tuesday: “He’s not there yet completely. Where we want him to be or he wants to be, so he’s still a doubt for tomorrow.”

Expected return date: N/A

Victor Lindelof



Lindelof has been struggling with a back injury this season

The Swedish centre-back has been struggling with a back problem throughout the season and was an unused substitute at Selhurst Park in midweek, with Eric Bailly starting in his place. Lindelof will be available against City and will be competing with Bailly for a place in the line-up.

“I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way,” Lindelof told the club website. “I missed a few games and I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.”

What Solskjaer said on Friday: “I’d believe at least Victor should be fine. He was on the bench. He was still feeling the effects of his back but hopefully he’ll be OK.”

Expected return date: Sunday

David de Gea

De Gea is currently in Spain after travelling back to his homeland to be with his partner for the birth of their first child, which he announced on social media on Thursday.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper was replaced by Dean Henderson for United’s draw with Palace on Wednesday and won’t be in contention for a while.

What Solskjaer said on Friday: “As soon as David travels back we have to follow the rules, so I expect him to be ready very soon. We allowed him to go back and we want him back as soon as possible – but he is a human being. I don’t know when he is back, but it won’t be long.”

Expected return date: March 11

Juan Mata

Mata is on the fringes of the United squad and is out of contract at the end of the season. He is currently out with an unspecified injury and will miss the derby this weekend.

The Spaniard made substitute appearances against Real Sociedad and Newcastle last month, but is not expected to be available until United’s game against West Ham on March 14 at the earliest.

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Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were frustrated for the third goalless game in succession, dropping more points to allow Man City to streak away at the Premier League’s summit, on a poor day for the forwards.

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What Solskjaer said on February 25: “Juan will unfortunately be out for a couple of weeks.”

Expected return date: March 14

Phil Jones

Jones has been out with a serious knee injury all season and has not played for the club since scoring in a 6-1 FA Cup win over Tranmere in January 2020.

What Solskjaer said on Tuesday: “I’m not sure how long it will be, how long is a piece of rope? Hopefully this season but if not then the start of next.”

Expected return date: N/A

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