SIMON Mignolet will be out of action for two months.
The Belgian keeper suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket after a collison with Emile Heskey in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa last Saturday.
Manager Steve Bruce revealed: “It is a really bad facial injury.
“His broken nose was as bad as I have ever seen and, unfortunately for Simon, the scans have shown that he has broken his eye socket as well.
“The eye socket is more serious than the broken nose, and he is likely to be out for a couple of months.
“This is exactly why I brought in a goalkeeper of Keiren Westwood’s standing over the summer.
“He’s waited patiently for his chance and he did extremely well on Saturday against Aston Villa, making a very important save from Darren Bent.
“He’s been waiting a long time to play – a long time to play in the Premier League – and this is his big opportunity. I’m sure he’ll grasp it.”
With Craig Gordon still up to a month away from fitness after his knee operation at the end of last season, Bruce has recalled Trevor Carson from his loan spell at Bury as cover for Westwood.
Carson himself suffered a back injury in the pre-match warm-up ahead of Bury’s game against Stevenage at the weekend, but is expected to be fit to sit on the bench at Old Trafford. Otherwise, teenager Ben Wilson stands by.
“We’ve recalled Trevor Carson from his loan at Bury and although he’s picked up an injury we believe he is going to be OK,” said Bruce.
Midfielders Seb Larsson and David Vaughan have also been suffering with groin problems this week, but Bruce hopes both will be fit to play on Saturday.
“They’ve both been feeling niggles but we don’t expect them to be serious at this stage and we hope they’ll both be available.”