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Man Utd suffer fresh Pogba injury setback


Manchester United have suffered a fresh injury setback after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Paul Pogba will be out for a few weeks, which has ruled him out of his side’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday.

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Although the 27-year-old made just 13 starts for the Red Devils in an injury-ridden campaign last season, he has managed to stay fit for the most part of this season and impressed in their final game last year against Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Pogba then played in seven Premier League fixtures in a row, including the 0-0 draws with Arsenal and Liverpool. He was then an unused substitute against Southampton but he limped off the pitch during the first half in his last appearance against Everton after appearing to suffer a muscle injury.

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And, in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing West Brom, Solskjaer revealed he is still working his way back to fitness and as such, he will be missing for the trip to the Hawthorns on Sunday.

“We’ve had a rare opportunity to do a little bit of training and some recovery Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and not a game until Sunday which is a rarity for us. Paul is still out, Eric been training, that’s a boost for us,” he said:

Big blow for Solskjaer

This fresh setback will come as a blow for United and Solskjaer ahead of this weekend’s trip to West Brom – particularly after Pogba’s performances in January saw him nominated for the GIVEMESPORT Fans’ Player of the Month award.

Pogba played out of position on the left-wing for United against Arsenal and offered a threat going forwards as Solskjaer’s side strove to break the deadlock.

The Frenchman completed 90% of his passes, made one key pass and took 92 touches in a game made for him against a struggling Arsenal side who look short of ideas and lost for confidence.

Crucially, he even dropped deeper to cover United’s leaky defence, as he attempted two clearances and three interceptions, whilst he was only dribbled past once.

Solskjaer is hardly short of midfield options, with the likes of Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek all competing for a starting spot in Solskjaer’s XI.

However, Pogba’s absence will be a big miss if he remains absent for an extended period of time, as very few can come close to matching his achievements on the pitch.

Only McTominay has scored more goals than Pogba while the French World Cup winner has contributed to more goals across all competitions than Matic and Van de Beek combined this season.

The United manager does have plenty of options to come in and replace Pogba, but he might have a tough decision deciding who to go with.

AND in other United news, Manchester United could sign their next Ruud van Nistelrooy in Erling Braut Haaland





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