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Man United evening headlines as Solskjaer gives Pogba injury update

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Good evening, Manchester United fans. Here are your evening headlines for Monday, November 23.

United hopeful of Pogba return

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Paul Pogba will be available for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Reds welcome the Turkish champions to Old Trafford after losing 2-1 last time out in Group H.

And Solskjaer is hoping to welcome Pogba back into the fold after the midfielder missed Saturday’s win over West Bromwich Albion with a knock he sustained after the international break.

“We hope he’s going to be available,” said Solskjaer .

“He trained this morning, see if there’s any reaction when we report tomorrow. Luke Shaw is out, Phil Jones is out, Jesse is still self-isolating after being in contact with a positive case.

“And there are one or two little things we need to look at in the morning but hopefully everyone else is available.”

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Henderson’s progress pleases Solskjaer

Solskjaer has insisted he is ‘happy’ with the competition Dean Henderson is providing for David de Gea but refused to confirm whether the Englishman will start against Basaksehir.

Henderson began United’s defeat in Turkey with de Gea having been preferred for the wins over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.

But while Solskjaer stopped short of revealing who will play in goal tomorrow, he insisted he is pleased with how Henderson has acquitted himself since return from his loan at Sheffield United.

“I disagree completely that tomorrow is make-or-break for Dean,” said Solskjaer .

“He’s come back in, he’s training really well, he’s maturing, he’s had some games, he’s training with one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he has got the potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, it’s great competition between them.

“So I don’t buy that argument it’s make or break for him. And it’s not up to me to keep everyone happy. The performances will always be the deciding factor if you play or not.

“I think every position you play for Man United it is your duty to make me and the coaches happy. So then there’s a bigger chance you can play next time.

“I’ve been very happy with the competition that Dean has provided for David and the response from David,” Solskjaer added. “Dean’s not really put a foot wrong, he’s developing and maturing along the way, which I’m very, very happy with.

“I’m not going to give you the team now, if it’s Dean or David. I’m not going to say but I’ve been pleased with the reaction from both players.”

Martial catching up after ban – Solskjaer

Anthony Martial’s poor goalscoring form this season can be attributed to the ban he served after being sent off against Tottenham, according to Solskjaer.

Martial missed three games due to suspension following his dismissal against Spurs, and while he is yet to score in the league this term, Solskjaer believes he can rediscover the golden touch that lifted him to a career-best 23 strikes in the 2019/20 campaign.

“Anthony last season showed he made big strides, now it’s time again to make even bigger strides, to develop more,” said Solskjaer .

“He scored 23 goals last season, which was a big return. Every season is a challenge and you cannot rest on your laurels as a right-back, a left-back or a centre forward at Man United, there are demands in every position. We want Anthony to kick on.

“For me, it’s him getting the chances, that’s the big thing. His conversion rate has always been good. Maybe at the moment, the keepers have made a few good saves against him but that will change quickly.

“Anthony really developed last season. I thought he took big strides towards becoming a striker we know he can be. Then again, Anthony is no different from other players in our team in that he’s not had a pre-season as normal and is working to get to his peak form.

“He lost almost four games with a three-game suspension (due to the timing of his red card against Tottenham), so he’s lost too much football.

“He scored against Basaksehir last time, good header, so we hope he’s just going to continue working hard to get to his best again.”

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