Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to clarify his comments on Paul Pogba after discussing his injury situation prior to the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal.
The latest Pogba setback came before Manchester United travelled to the Emirates as the France international has already missed three months of action this term. Then it was suggested that ‘his people’ had advised him to undergo another operation which would, therefore, rule him out for another period of time.
Solskjaer has attempted to clear up any confusion over his comments during his press conference this morning, ahead of the FA Cup clash with Wolves on Saturday.
The Man Utd manager insisted that he was just referring to Pogba’s trusted medical consultants, though many thought it was about Mino Raiola and co.
He also revealed bad news in terms of his recovery timeline as it could take three or four weeks before United see Pogba back on the pitch.
“Paul came back after a long spell out, two games, had a reaction, and couldn’t go to Burnley, as he felt his ankle was sore. We did a scan and it’s not the same injury, it’s a different injury. Of course, when you get that scan, we speak to him,” he told the club’s official site.
“You always consult your own medical people as well, like I did when I did my operation. You want the best second opinion and the advice was to have it done. It’s not a major one, and probably, as I said, three or four weeks.”
You’d imagine that United would be in a stronger position this season — probably in the top four — had Pogba made more than eight appearances since it all kicked off in August.
He needs to avoid any more setbacks because the patience of fans is wearing thin.