Solskjaer is desperately short in midfield for a couple of reasons. Paul Pogba is once again injured, and is due for an operation. There is some speculation about whether club and player agree over the course of treatment he will take, but regardless it seems as if he will be out of action for at least a month. There is speculation then that he will not play again for the club.
This problem caused by Pogba’s injury is compounded by an injury to Scott McTominay. The 23-year-old midfielder has suffered a ligament injury that might keep him out of action for a couple of months, perhaps longer.
That leaves United with Fred, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira. Matic has recently made it clear that his future is up in the air at Old Trafford, with his contract due to end when the season is finished. Fred has improved but remains a limited player, yet to justify his £52 million price tag. Pereira has demonstrated why Jose Mourinho was so reluctant to give him time on the pitch.
The Indy believes that Solskjaer has grown concerned with the lack of creativity in his side, as they laboured with Jesse Lingard and then Juan Mata in pursuit of a goal. To that end, James Maddison of Leicester City and Jack Grealish of Aston Villa are currently considered targets, but there is a lack of confidence that they can recruit them in the winter transfer window.
There is also interest in Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, but a move could be held up until the end of the season when he will be available on a free transfer. There is also little chance of a move for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.