Pogba set to make Manchester United return against Tottenham

Paul Pogba is poised to make his Manchester United return against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

The France international sustained a knock in the win over Newcastle and was subsequently missing from the FA Cup win over Reading, but he is now set to play against Spurs this weekend.

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Pogba was injured after an ugly challenge from Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as Solskjaer’s men ran out 2-0 winners at St James’ Park.

The World Cup winner was treated by the club’s medical staff in Manchester while the remainder of the squad headed to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.

Pogba eventually linked up with his team-mates, and is now fit enough to be considered for selection.

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Speaking to United’s official website, Solskjaer said: “He [Pogba] looked okay towards the end [of the training camp], so he’ll be fit.

“He did have some problems but he came through the last couple of sessions well, so he should be okay.”

Pogba has been in electric form since the appointment of Solskjaer, scoring four goals and providing three assists in just four games.

Much needed boost

Pogba has been instrumental to Solskjaer since his appointment, with the former Cardiff City manager enjoying a quite brilliant run at the helm.

United have scored 14 goals in just four games, taking maximum points, and the Frenchman has been at the centre of everything good for the Red Devils behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Thus, with Spurs being their first true test, the Norwegian will have been given a vital boost although the same can’t be said of Jesse Lingard, who may well have been in line for a rare start since Jose Mourinho departed.

Tottenham regularly employ a high press, with the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min bidding to steal possession from both the midfield and the defence.

United deploying Pogba in the middle will make it significantly harder for Spurs to do that, however, such is his grace in possession and his ability to drive his team forward.

Indeed, his inclusion could prove key to United’s chances of picking up a good result, and cementing Solskjaer’s credentials as a potential permanent appointment at Old Trafford.