Pogba ‘hopefully’ available for PSG clash, says Solskjaer

Paul Pogba, Man Utd training

Paul Pogba is in contentionto make his Manchester United return against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

It has been a frustrating run, as Pogba made three appearances for France during the recent international break and caused controversy by saying it was “a breath of fresh air” to be with his national team.

He was ruled out of the win over Southampton, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying his squad depth meant there was no rush to bring Pogba back into the fold.

However, the Norwegian gave an upbeat fitness report on Sunday – saying Pogba could be back to face PSG on Wednesday.

“Paul’s ankle is improving,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports, as reported by the club’s official website. “Hopefully, he’s on the grass, training today. If not, hopefully tomorrow.

“I’m not sure if it takes a long time to recover but hopefully he’s ready for Wednesday.”

Pogba is no certainty to walk back into the United side, as Solskjaer has midfield depth at his disposal.

Bruno Fernandes, who produced a record-equalling performance against Southampton,is an automatic selection when fit, while Donny van de Beek has been quietly impressing since making his move to the club from Ajax.

“He’s been good in training and he has been good in games he’s played, in the Champions League,” Solskjaer said of Van de Beek. “It’s never been Premier League or Champions League. It’s to give him time to settle into the group.”

The onus is on Pogba to produce his best form, but the upcoming frenetic period will offer him a chance to shine provided he remains injury free.

Following the Champions League contest with PSG, the Red Devils take on West Ham, RB Leipzig, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Leeds United and Everton before Christmas.

Pogba’s France international team-mate Anthony Martial was not involved inthe 3-2 win at Southampton, but his absence from the game was on account of illness as opposed to injury.

Source : goal.com