Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to miss their Premier League clash against high-flying Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
Midfielder Pogba did not train on Friday and is not expected to recover in time for this weekend’s tough test due to a different ankle injury to last season.
He was forced out of United’s last two matches with an ankle issue but Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that he is not set to be on the sidelines for a lengthy spell.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has another knock
United boss Solskjaer was speaking ahead of his side’s tough trip to high-flying Southampton
While striker Marcus Rashford faces a race against time to be fit following a shoulder issue as Solskjaer provided an update on his list of injured stars.
‘Scott [McTominay] and Paul didn’t train this morning, they weren’t on the grass so look very unlikely for the weekend,’ Solskjaer said on Friday.
‘Marcus, Victor [Lindelof], Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] came through the session today so not 100 per cent.
Marcus Rashford scored in midweek against Istanbul Basaksehir but may not play on Sunday
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‘Luke [Shaw] has just started his rehab, not out on the team yet, Jesse’s [Lingard] back from his isolation period, had a couple of days training and Phil Jones is out until after Christmas sometime.’
Pogba, who has flitted in and out of the side this season, was not in the squad for United’s 1-0 win over West Brom last weekend and missed out again in midweek when they secured a 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
The World Cup winner has had ankle injuries in the past and had an operation in January to resolve the long-standing problem. He spent around 180 days on the treatment table after issues with the joint last campaign.
Rashford scored a penalty in the win at Istanbul on Wednesday but was substituted after 59 minutes.
United head into this weekend’s clash four points behind fifth-placed Southampton and will need midfielder Bruno Fernandes to continue his fine form.
Solskjaer compared the 26-year-old’s impact at Old Trafford to Cristiano Ronaldo’s during his time at the club between 2003 and 2009.