Paul Pogba: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends midfielder
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Paul Pogba’s professionalism and says the midfielder will be similar to a”new world signing” if he returns from injury.
An ankle problem has kept Pogba from action since United’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal in September, but a current movie demonstrating the France worldwide playing basketball in Miami throw doubt over the seriousness of the injury.
Some reports suggested Pogba was match and refusing to perform for United – fuelling further speculation the 26-year-old wants to leave Old Trafford – but Solskjaer defended the midfielder.
“Every participant is permitted to be hurt when he’s hurt and Paul is working hard to return,” the United boss said. “nobody could doubt his character, his willingness or his desire to play soccer.
“He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and it is going to be like registering a new player until the transfer window opens.”
Pogba is currently back in Manchester but will not feature against Aston Villa on Sunday, when midfielder Scott McTominay could return from his ankle injury.
Wondering if Pogba may make his eponymous come-back from Tottenham on Wednesday, Solskjaer added:”He’s stepping up his recovery and let’s see how soon he’ll be match-fit and available.
“He’s not been able to perform for us when we get him back it’ll be just like a brand new world-class signing, a brand fresh world class midfielder, so naturally we want him back as soon as possible.
“We have missed him when he’s been off. I think some of the players Scotty and Fred – have taken up that challenge and do nicely but of course it is a boost for people when he comes back.”
Luke Shaw provided a help and finished the full 90 minutes against Astana on his first appearance since getting wounded in August.
In his absence, teenager Brandon Williams has really made a solid claim to substitute Shaw since the club first-choice left-back, also Solskjaer says he’s thrilled with his choices .
“I believe that the performances of Brandon are a big, big plus – not only for me and him, but also for Ethan [Laird], who’s played Brandon through time,” Solskjaer said of this right-back, who was one of six debutants in Kazakhstan.
“So, for me personally, it’s also a huge increase for Ethan because we’ve got many, many full-backs, loads of them who compete.
“I have been very delighted with Brandon, he scored a terrific goal [at Sheffield United], so let’s see where they are at. Great to have Luke during 90 minutes now and let’s find what we do for Sunday.”
Before Astana levelled, united could have been returning victorious had Tahith Chong maybe not missed an open goal moments.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at the season’s conclusion and Solskjaer thinks they’ve made a deal to extend his bargain.
“There’s players we want to get signed, clearly, and Tahith is a player we think is going to grow,” he explained.
“We’ve offered him a really excellent contract so the ball is in his court.”
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