The World Cup-winning French midfielder Paul Pogba might be back in full training next week, however, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure about his availability for the crucial Manchester derby at Old Trafford over the weekend. Also, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure about the comeback of Paul Pogba though the player is nearing the match fitness for the Old Trafford based outfit.
Since the Boxing Day victory over the resurging Newcastle United, the talismanic French international has been out of action for Manchester United owing to the ankle injury. It’s been about 10 weeks since the player has played a match across all the competitions for Manchester United.
However, Paul Pogba is closing in on a return amid constant speculation over the World Cup-winner’s future. The United player is linked with a move to several European giants like Juventus and Real Madrid constantly. However, the Red Devils’ boss, ahead of the FA Cup 5th round tie, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated:
“Paul is still working with the physios outside, he won’t be training with the first team until next week, so then let’s see how long it will take,”
“But he’ll need some time to train to get his fitness back.”
On the other hand, Manchester United’s reliable right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could miss out on the FA Cup clash due to a knock he suffered against Everton. Also, the Norwegian said that their new signing, Daniel James will not be featuring against Derby County as he is suffering from the back issue. Talking to the media regarding the absentees for the clash.
The Manchester United manager said:
“Dan James, Marcus [Rashford] and Paul are still out and I think Aaron might be struggling, he’s had a test today but he struggled in the last game against Everton, so he might be out,”
When asked of the Argentine shot-stopper, Sergio Romero, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave nothing away. Sergio Romero, the regular goalkeeper in cup competitions for Manchester United, would replace the Spaniard David de Gea when Manchester United come up against their record goalscorer and current-day Derby County player, Wayne Rooney.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt he redeemed himself with a fantastic save soon after his early howler, also David de Gea’s blunder gifted Dominic Calvert-Lewin the opening goal in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Everton which was held on Sunday.
Asked if the Argentine international, Romero would start, he said:
“It’s not a given. Sergio has done well in the games he’s played but I have no qualms about playing David in every game, because what he’s done and his performances I think have been great.
“The save, just after [the mistake], I was 100 per cent sure he was offside, Calvert-Lewin, but he wasn’t, so that was a point-saving save for us, so he’s making amends.”