Paul Pogba an injury doubt for Man United’s crucial Premier League showdown with Arsenal as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s woes mount
- Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s Monday showdown with Arsenal
- French midfielder completed 90 minutes against Rochdale on Wednesday
- But he didn’t take a penalty because his ankle was feeling swollen
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also confirmed Anthony Martial remains sidelined
- United manager said that Luke Shaw could return before international break
Paul Pogba is a doubt for Monday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury.
The Manchester United midfielder didn’t take a penalty as his team overcame lowly Rochdale in a Carabao cup shoot out at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Asked at his Friday press briefing today why that was, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘The situation is that he finished the game, played 90 minutes fantastic but he got a knock to his ankle which is very swollen.
Paul Pogba is an injury doubt for Manchester United’s crunch match with Arsenal on Monday
The French midfielder did play in United’s win over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup this week
‘So he’s in a race for Monday. Doubt? Yes, that’s the way it is.’
Pogba is understood not to have joined team-mates at a late night meal following Wednesday’s game. Solskjaer said on Friday that his injury was the reason.
Solskjaer also said that he is not optimistic that any of his injured players would be back for Monday’s game, which is bad news given his team’s struggle for goals recently.
Asked about injured strike due Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, Solskjaer said: ‘I wouldn’t put my life on it but that’s part of this game. You work with what you have and we’re looking forward to this game.
‘Luke Shaw is back in training today so let’s see how he is. He is getting there so let’s see how he reacts over the next couple of days. He’s been working really hard,so we hope to see him before international break’
Pogba’s possible absence comes as a blow ahead of a hectic week for United
It’s another setback for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is already without key players
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Having lost limply at West Ham last Sunday, United need to bounce back against Arsenal on Monday.
The United manager claimed that he doesn’t care about media scrutiny of his team, preferring to concentrate on what he says is a positive feeling from supporters that he meets.
‘I don’t worry about what the press write about other teams, or about me or Man United because we are focused on what we have to do and that is to keep improving,’ he said.
‘Reading the papers doesn’t change my view. Sometimes my kids are asking: “What’s this about?” But it’s part and parcel of this club.
‘When I was a player, you had the headlines and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. We wouldn’t want to scramble the newspapers [looking for our names] because that’s our place.
‘I never said it was gonna be easy this season. There are gonna be ups and downs, highs and lows and when we lose a game we have to trust ourselves and what we’re doing, keep our eyes on the prize and keep principles we believe in.
Solskjaer still managed to smile despite United’s many worries on and off the field
‘Any game in the Premier League is winnable but is also losable. It’s margins, fine margins and sometimes you stand there smiling happy to have won a game, sometimes angry because you’ve lost, you’ve got to portray the right image.
‘The fans are very, very positive. They say they can see what we’re doing and tell me to keep going.
‘It’s easy to be positive when you meet someone face to face. It’s easy to hide behind social media when being negative.
‘I’ve been amazed again by our supporters, to listen to the crowd at Old Trafford they’re amazing.’