Manchester United's slim hopes of getting a result against rivals, Liverpool, when both teams meet on Sunday seems to have gotten thinner with the confirmation that both David de Gea and Paul Pogba would miss the game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that both his star midfielder and first-choice goalkeeper would miss the game at Old Trafford due to injury.
Spanish goalkeeper, De Gea, was subbed off during Spain's Euro 2020 qualifier 1-1 draw against Sweden on Tuesday with an abductor problem.
While Frenchman, Pogba, skipped his country's games in the recently completed international window because of an ankle injury that has made him miss five of United's past matches.
The 26-year-old headed to Dubai to work on his recovery during the break but the game against Jurgen Klopp's unblemished Liverpool side will come too soon.
"David needs a scan," troubled United boss, Solskjaer, told 'Sky Sports' of his Spanish goalkeeper. "I think he'll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it's just one of those things."
Sergio Romero is expected to come in for De Gea in what will be his first Premier League appearance of the season, having previously played in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.
"Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier," the Norwegian coach said when asked about Pogba's fitness.
"He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks' rest in a boot so hopefully he won't be too long, but he won't make this game, no."
It isn't all bad news for Solskjaer's side currently in 12th position in the Premier League, 15 points behind leaders, Liverpool. Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all returned to training and could make a return for the Red Devils.
"I can't tell you 100 per cent [who] is going to be fit as something might happen," Solskjaer added.
"But hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last the training this week and be available for selection. If it's for half a game or 30 minutes I don't know but let's see where they're at."