Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba is available for the New Years Day clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman was left out of the squad entirely to face Burnley, despite making two impressive cameo appearances against Watford and Newcastle just days earlier.
But Solskjaer was keen not to rush Pogba back into action after a long-term injury layoff and his decision proved wise with Fred and Nemanja Matic controlling the midfield at Turf Moor on Saturday.
When asked if Pogba would be ready for the Arsenal game in the embargoed press conference after the victory, Solskjaer replied, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “Yeah, I would think so.”
Pogba’s return to the starting eleven would be a welcome boost for Solskjaer who is short on midfield options after Scott McTominay’s recent injury.
According to the Daily Mail, McTominay’s knee injury could be worse than first feared and he could be out for up to eight weeks.
This would come as a serious blow to the United manager who has relied on the Scottish international as a key figure in his team this season.
We expect Pogba to start alongside Fred in a midfield pivot against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side on Wednesday as the Reds look to make it three consecutive wins over the festive period.