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Paul Pogba says he’s “almost there” amid injury concerns ahead of Man Utd v Liverpool

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 8:30, 13 October 2019

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba claims he is nearly ready for action again ahead of the Red Devils’ mammoth clash with Liverpool next weekend.

The midfielder missed United’s defeat to Newcastle and was unable to join up with the French national side due to an ankle injury. However, he claims he is “almost there” in terms of match fitness.

Man Utd’s midfield issues: Five things to know…

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has struggled to find his best XI this season.
  • Scott McTominay has been the only real positive from an underwhelming season for the midfield thus far.
  • The likes of Fred, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira have all failed to hold down a starting spot.
  • Pogba registered 13 goals and nine assists last campaign.
  • Solskjaer will be hoping he is fit in time for the clash with Liverpool next Sunday.

The midfielder posted a video on his Instagram of him training with the caption reading ‘almost there’. His ankle remains strapped up in the video but the post will encourage United fans who will hope he can help their side end Liverpool’s 17-game winning run and perfect start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Solskjaer indicated prior to the international break that the Liverpool game was a realistic game for Pogba to target for his return.

Speaking to the press before the damaging defeat to Newcastle, Solskjaer said: “There’s an international break as well, it might be time for us to give him 10 or 14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool.”

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Solskjaer finds himself under pressure

Following United’s stunning win over Paris Saint-Germain in March, few would have predicted that it would be the last away game they win for at least seven months.

However, following a disappointing few months since his reign got off to an astonishing start, some are suggesting that Solskjaer is operating on borrowed time.

It was following a defeat to Liverpool that Jose Mourinho was sacked by Ed Woodward in December 2018 – and that was after he beat Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Of course, these similarities do not mean that Solskjaer will be in charge of his last game next Sunday. However, it won’t be long before the United hierarchy starts searching elsewhere if results fail to pick up.