Sun. Jan 24th, 2021

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Four things spotted in Manchester United training as Paul Pogba returns

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Manchester United trained at Carrington on Monday ahead of their Champions League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday at Old Trafford.

United will be out to avenge their humiliating defeat in the reverse fixture and look to take control of Group H by securing their third win of the group stage.

The Reds can all but seal their progression to the knockout stages by defeating Basaksehir and avoiding defeat against RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led a session with his United squad prior to the game and here is four things we spotted at Carrington.

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Paul Pogba returns

Paul Pogba returned to training

United defeated West Brom at the weekend with Paul Pogba absent from the squad after sustaining a knock following his return from international duty with France.

Pogba played three times during the international break and Solskjaer confirmed he sustained a minor injury last Friday. The United boss hopes to have the midfielder available and his inclusion in training indicates he will be named in the match day squad.

The 27-year-old seemed to move gingerly on his ankle at times but didn’t show any signs of discomfort while sprinting during the warm-up.

Given the fixture congestion United are set to face, it’s unlikely Pogba will be risked despite his return to training.

Injury boosts

Greenwood and Bailly are fit again.

As well as Pogba, United welcomed both Mason Greenwood and Eric Bailly back to first-team training following a spell on the sidelines.

Bailly was injured while on international duty with Ivory Coast in mid-October and his return will ease the pressure on the shoulders of Victor Lindelof who has been nursing a back injury throughout the current campaign.

Solskjaer confirmed Greenwood was absent from the wins against Everton and West Brom due to illness. He pinpointed the youngster’s return as a key factor in improving their consistency in the coming weeks.

Anthony Martial dazzles

Anthony Martial’s skill on Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United players usually partake in a rondo to warm up with players taking it in turns to chase the ball down as their teammates look to keep it from them.

Anthony Martial was part of the defensive trio but couldn’t help himself showcasing his skill with the ball after intercepting a loose pass.

The Frenchman picked up Greenwood’s pass before performing a silky ‘elastico’ past Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

United fans will be hoping he displays similar confidence at Old Trafford tomorrow.

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Bailly takes no prisoners

Bailly slides in on Rashford

Injuries have taken their toll on almost every Premier League squad this season and Solskjaer may have winced when he watched Marcus Rashford narrowly avoid an enthusiastic slide tackle from Bailly.

The Ivorian was one of three defenders during the rondo and saw an opportunity to intercept after a weak pass trickled towards Rashford.

Bailly had no intentions of taking it easy and slid in an attempt to win the ball. Fortunately for Solskjaer and United, Rashford was able to avoid any contact by jumping over the tackle but a training ground injury is the last thing the Norwegian needs or wants.

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