Solskjaer issues mystifying, delayed statement amid new Pogba setback

Date published: Tuesday 17th December 2019 10:48 - Matthew Briggs

Paul Pogba is now set to miss out against Colchester on Wednesday through illness, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming he has had a “setback”.

The France international has been recovering from an ankle problem and was expected to return to full training this week.

However, just days after attending his brother’s wedding in France on Friday, which he is understood to have had permission for, the the 26-year-old is “of all things” now ill.

“Of all things, he’s struck down ill now. He’s been off for two or three days – three days probably – so that’s not beneficial,” said Solskjaer. “That’s probably set him back quite a bit,” Solskjaer told on Sunday, but which was only made public on Tuesday.

Pogba has not kicked a ball for United since September 30, when he completed 90 minutes against Arsenal, but Solskjaer has maintained he would play again for United this year.



That is now looking more unlikely by the day with the situation looking more and more like the summer scenario which eventually saw Romelu Lukaku leave for Inter Milan.

During United’s pre-season tour of Australian and the Far East Solskajer maintained Lukaku was not fit.

“He’s not fit,” Solskjaer said. “He won’t be available,” said the Norwegian ahead of their July clash with Inter Milan, ironically the side he then joined less than three weeks later.




The situation certainly has echos of the summer scenario with Lukaku and after Pogba posted pictures on social media of his brother Florentin getting married in Bussy-Saint-Georges, near Paris, it poses questions about the player’s commitment.

Solskjaer though publicly remains committed to the player, who was an £89million signing in the summer of 2016 from Juventus.

“We can talk about Paul all day long and it’s games like Everton for example when you’re lacking that one creative pass or idea maybe,” added Solskjaer. “He has that quality that not many midfielders in the world have so to get him back would be great.

“As I’ve said so many times, Paul’s a top top player that we want to see playing his best football at Man Utd.

“We just need to get him fit and match fit. It might be half an hour, 45, 60, 90 – who knows, the first game. We’re working hard to get him back but now he’s ill.”


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