Paul Pogba has not been included in Manchester United’s squad to play West Bromich Albion as he has picked up a knock on his ankle, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
The Frenchman shouldn’t be match to play in the sport at Old Trafford on Saturday night, however Solskjaer hopes Pogba will be capable of return for United’s Champions League conflict towards Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday.
‘He [Pogba] tried to finish the last session but it [ankle] got worse and worse so he is unavailable today,’ the Norwegian boss mentioned.
‘Hopefully he is OK for Tuesday [against Istanbul] but we’ll see.’
Meanwhile, summer time signing Alex Telles makes his long-awaited Premier League debut for the Red Devils in place of the injured Luke Shaw.
‘It’s a terrific probability for him [Telles], he has been ready a very long time to play,’ Solskjaer added. ‘He is such a fantastic character and as a player he has great quality which we will get to see.’
Solskjaer has needed to converse to Pogba privately concerning provocative feedback made by France boss Didier Deschamps concerning the midfielder’s place at Old Trafford.
During the worldwide break, Deschamps mentioned the 27-year-old, who has performed a bit-part position for United this season, ‘cannot be happy with his playing time and positioning’.
And in his pre-match press convention on Friday, Norwegian boss Solskjaer mentioned: ‘I spoke to Paul today about it. Of course, he’s not completely satisfied when he’s not been taking part in and never taking part in very well.
‘He’s not been completely satisfied along with his [club performances]. But Paul had a troublesome season final season. Then he’s had Covid. But three video games for France have helped him get his health and rhythm. I spoke to him and he feels stronger for it.
‘He plays in the same position for France as he does for us, so that scenario isn’t a problem.’
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