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Manchester United in the market for 'one or two' players, reveals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Central midfield looks to be an area in need of reinforcements following injuries to Pogba and McTominay

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the club are looking at "one or two" potential signings during the January transfer window as the Norwegian faces a midfield injury crisis.

Paul Pogba is set to undergo surgery on an ankle injury which is expected to rule him out for one month, while fellow midfielder Scott McTominay is sidelined for up to two months with knee ligament damage.

It has prompted Solskjaer to admit that United will enter the transfer market in January, but he insisted there will be no panic buying.

"We've got loads of games and important games. But still, it's got to be right and that's the big point here," the Norwegian manager said after United's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

"If it's available and if it's possible we'll do something, definitely. We're looking at one or two [potential signings]."

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and with the Danish midfielder's contract now into its final six months, United could view January as the chance to secure a cut-price deal.

The club have also been linked in the media to 20-year-old Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare and Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes.

Meanwhile, Pogba's United future appears to remain uncertain, even before the surgery announcement. The French World Cup-winning midfielder had suggested last summer that he could seek a "new challenge" while comments this week from his agent, Mino Raiola, suggest he could once again be agitating for a move.

"Now Pogba's problem is Manchester [United]," Raiola told the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica.

"It's a club out of touch with reality, without a sports project. I would no longer take anyone there. They would even ruin [Diego] Maradona, Pele and [Paolo] Maldini. Paul needs a club and a squad, one like Juventus was before."

Indeed, a return to Juventus has been suggested by some media reports, while Spanish giants Real Madrid are also understood to be interested in signing Pogba.

Updated: January 2, 2020 09:25 AM

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