Paul Pogba remains a doubt for Manchester United’s season opener against Crystal Palace next week.
The France star has only just returned to training after testing positive for coronavirus. That saw him pull out of Didier Deschamps’ squad for their recent Nations League matches.
With Pogba quarantining for two weeks, he has had little time to get back up to full match fitness, which is always difficult to retain at the beginning of any season.
This will be a long season and it’s not as if the players had much time off.
United’s season starts against Crystal Palace on September 19 — rather than this weekend, with most teams return to Premier League action. It will still be touch and go if Pogba can play.
“Paul’s had a couple of training sessions so he’s lost out on a few sessions because of the virus, of course,” Solskjaer told MUTV on Friday.
“But Paul is quick to get fit. Of course, he worked really hard to get back after lockdown last time and played the majority of the games.
“Hopefully, he’ll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100 per cent sure though.”
Palace will hope Pogba missed the game, but they’ve now got Donny van de Beek to worry about after United confirmed his sign from Ajax.
Bruno Fernandes could miss the match versus Palace, as per Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst.
So a potential front six at Villa tomorrow is McTominay, Van de Beek, James, Pereira, Lingard, Martial (if Rashford is unfit).
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) September 11, 2020