Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

Man Utd


Four things spotted in Man United training as Paul Pogba concerns grow

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Pogba on his own

Paul Pogba was absent from United’s victories over West Brom and Istanbul Basaksehir due an ankle injury.

The midfielder featured in all three of France’s matches during the recent international break and played for 90 minutes in their final game, a 4-2 win over Sweden.

Yet he then picked up a knock that has kept him out of both of United’s games since the break – and it looks set to sideline him for  the trip to Southampton.

While Pogba was present at training, he was spotted on his own on a light jog and seemed to be moving gingerly as his run came to an end.

During his press conference on Friday, Solskjaer confirmed Pogba’s latest ankle issue is unrelated to the one that kept him out of action for the vast majority of last season.

Paul Pogba trains on his own

Martial receives advice

It is fair to say things have not really clicked for Anthony Martial this season.

After ending the previous campaign in scintillating form, hopes were high that this may be the year that the French attacker finally delivered consistent performances to go with his undoubted talent.

Yet the 24-year-old looks a shadow of the player that was in top form last season, with an inability to finish proving frustrating as he continues to get into good positions.

It was interesting to note, then, that Martial appeared to be receiving advice from Victor Lindelof and Donny van de Beek.

Judging by the duo’s arm movements as they spoke with Martial, the conversation may have been about making more runs in behind defenders.

With Martial shifted out to the left-wing to accommodate Edinson Cavani on Tuesday night, it may have been a case of discussing how best to link up with the midfield and defence from that position.

Certainly, Lindelof’s brilliant pass over the top to right-winger Marcus Rashford in the midweek Champions League win would suggest the defender is keen to find his teammates like that more often.

No Wan-Bissaka in Thursday’s session

Wan-Bissaka wasn’t involved but Lindelof was, despite an ongoing back problem

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was replaced with a knock during the victory over Istanbul Basaksehir, with Brandon Williams replacing him.

There was no sign of the right-back in training on Thursday ahead of the Southampton game, suggesting he is facing a race to be fit for the weekend, but Solskjaer confirmed during his press conference the following day that the 23-year-old came through training on Friday morning.

Shaw with the ball work

Luke Shaw runs with the ball in training

Left-back Luke Shaw has not featured since a 3-1 win over Everton prior to the international break due to a hamstring injury.

Yet the 25-year-old, who has been in positive form this season, was seen running with the ball on his own during training.

Whilst he was not at full pace and appeared to be training on his own, it is an encouraging sign that Shaw is on his way to a return sooner rather than later.

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