April 20, 2021

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Manchester United hopeful on Paul Pogba injury comeback

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Manchester United are hopeful Paul Pogba will recover from injury before the March international fortnight.

Pogba, 27, has missed the last six games with a thigh injury and is not expected to be available for the Manchester derby at City on Sunday.

United host AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 tie next week, with the visit of West Ham sandwiched between the European legs prior to an FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester on March 21.

The Leicester tie is United’s last fixture in March and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Pogba’s rehabilitation is focused on him hitting the ground running for when he does return.

“I hope we will, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “And he’s very positive. He’s working really hard. He knows when he gets back we haven’t got two or three games to play him into form, so he’s working hard on his fitness.

“And when you’ve got the quality of Paul fitness is the main thing. Mentality wise, you know when the sun is out in Manchester there’s nothing to complain about!”

Solskjaer confusingly claimed Donny van de Beek was a ‘doubt’ for the trek to Crystal Palace even though the Dutchman returned to the squad at Chelsea on Sunday.

Van de Beek, 23, was an unused substitute again at Stamford Bridge and has not played since the 2-2 draw with West Brom on Valentine’s Day.

“He’s not there yet completely,” Solskjaer said of Van de Beek. “Where we want him to be or he wants to be, so he’s still a doubt for tomorrow.”

Van de Beek has figured in 13 of United’s 26 Premier League games.

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