After recording his comeback in the match against Watford last weekend, French midfielder Paul Pogba is expected to return to the match against Newcastle United on midweek Boxing Day. Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes that Pogba can play as a starter.
As is known, Paul Pogba has been pulled over since September because of a fractured ankle injury to his ankle. After two months have passed, the new player can record his comeback in the match against Watford last weekend. However, the portion of his play was still very minimal, Pogba only appeared for 26 minutes replacing Jesse Lingard.
Unfortunately, the presence of Pogba in yesterday’s match did not necessarily make a difference, Manchester United remained two goals behind until the game ended. Even so, Pogba was seen as having an influence on yesterday’s match when his team was left behind by two balls, and although unable to inspire a renaissance.
Therefore, the manager hopes that Pogba can perform since the first minute of the Boxing Day match against Newcastle United this week.
“Let’s see how Paul reacted after yesterday’s match, and we’ll see if he’s alright. He performed very well when included. That is a big plus and maybe we will reduce it from the start because you want more quality in the team when he enters the game. ”
“Paul is a player who can be placed in any position. He can play as a holding midfielder, box-to-box. He can go backwards, play long passes, more forward and combine the style as he did when playing against Watford,” said the manager told reporters.
Manchester United lost to Watford last weekend, and it is unfortunate because they were unbeaten in the last six matches. In fact, the Red Devils won a victory over Tottenham Hotspur, then when dealing with Manchester City at Etihad. This positive momentum failed to be used by the Red Devils to penetrate the top three.
Now they carry the mission of winning over Newcastle United on Friday morning (27/12), in order to target one place in the top four in the final standings.