Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that there could be at least three absentees for the Premier League clash at Watford tomorrow.
Paul Pogba is already ruled out for the Hornets game through suspension, but he could be sidelined for the rest of the year after picking up a thigh injury in training with France.
Meanwhile, Raphael Varane picked up a hamstring injury before the international break.
The central defender is not expected to return to action until early December.
Solskjaer confirmed the duo’s absence in his pre-match press conference, he said: “I’ve got to say this week has been really positive.
“Of course, there are a couple of doubts with illnesses and small niggles. Paul is out still for a while, Raphael is out for a while still.”
Aside from the duo, Edinson Cavani appears doubtful to face the Hornets after missing the Manchester derby before the international break with a very painful tendon injury.
Solskjaer did not provide an update through the press conference but, in a separate interview with MUTV’s Stewart Gardner, he said Cavani must be rated doubtful after his fitness concerns.
Raphael Varane has been a big miss for the Red Devils. He made his comeback against Atalanta this month but suffered a setback that has ruled him out for the rest of November.
Solskjaer could revert to a back four tomorrow after a mixed set of results with a 3-4-1-2 formation.
Victor Lindelof appears the likely candidate to accompany Harry Maguire in central defence.
Meanwhile, Pogba’s absence is another blow for the Red Devils, particularly with reports suggesting that he may not return to action until the beginning of the year.
The Frenchman has been successful operating from the left wing. His unavailability should provide more playing time to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial.
Cavani’s absence before the derby came out of the blue. He played with a tendon injury and aggravated the problem during the Premier League win at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Red Devils have picked up just one win in six league games but are favourites to beat the Hornets who have lost both home games since Claudio Ranieri took charge as manager.
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