Paul Pogba will MISS Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United reunion as Tottenham head to Old Trafford… but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the French star is closing in on comeback
- Manchester United welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on Wednesday night
- New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho returns to the club who sacked him last year
- Paul Pogba is still not ready to feature against Spurs but is back in training
- He has not played since injuring his ankle against Arsenal in September
- Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is ‘still a bit away’ from full fitness
Paul Pogba will not be available for Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford return, with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic ‘touch and go’ for Manchester United’s highly-anticipated encounter with Tottenham.
The 26-year-old Pogba has not featured since September due to an ankle injury and returned to Manchester at the end of last week after a spell of rehabilitation in Miami.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba is not ready to return against Tottenham on Wednesday
But Pogba will not be fit for Wednesday’s reunion with former United boss Mourinho, who the World Cup winner regularly clashed with towards the end.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘No. Paul’s not ready, no.
‘He’s still a bit away but he’s working hard so let’s see. He’s out on the grass, so let’s see how long it will take.’
The World Cup winner injured his ankle in September and has not featured for United since
He steps up his recovery in Dubai as he works up a sweat on an exercise bike in the heat
United looked light in midfield at the start of the season and that issue has been compounded by injuries.
In addition to Pogba, influential midfielder McTominay has missed United’s last three matches with an ankle issue and Matic has not been seen for two months.
‘They’re touch and go,’ Solskjaer said. ‘So let’s get this training session out of the way. We’ve got more games than this one, so of course I can’t look at just the one game, we have got to look at long term.’
Pogba was also seen on the battle ropes as he bids to prove his fitness to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer