Paul Pogba is nearing a return from the ankle injury that has kept him out of Manchester United’s last three matches, confirms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 26-year-old missed the victories over Leicester City in the Premier League and Astana in the Europa League and is also sitting out Sunday’s clash with West Ham at the London Stadium.
However, it is not too serious a problem and Solskjaer expects the World Cup winner to be back in his plans for the League Cup meeting with Rochdale on Wednesday, and certainly for when the Red Devils host Arsenal in the league the following Monday.
‘Hopefully, he will be available for Rochdale midweek,’ Solskjaer told Sky Sports when asked about Pogba’s injury situation. ‘He has just started training, it means we have named an unchanged team and sometimes that helps as well. ‘Nemanja is experienced and he does give that protection, as a different type of player to Paul. Nemanja has always been a top professional and for me having Scott and Nemanja gives us a foundation to play from.’
Rumours persist that Pogba will be moving to Real Madrid in January or next summer, after a move seemed likely during the last transfer window but never came to fruition. The midfielder had declared that he was ready to look for a new challenge away from Old Trafford, but Solskjaer insists he is going nowhere.
‘I am not worried now and I will never be worried in the future about Paul Pogba staying here,’ said the Norwegian. ‘If it all kicks off against with Madrid in January then there will be no worries then either. If we have to live with the speculation again then we will handle it as we did in the summer.
‘Paul is going nowhere. He is happy here when he’s playing.’ Solskjaer will be delighted to have Pogba back in contention with a fiercely busy schedule coming up for the Red Devils. The League Cup and Europa League commitments see United play five times in two weeks, from their match with West Ham on Sunday 22 March to a trip to Newcastle on 6 October.