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Paul Pogba “definitely ready” for Man Utd v Arsenal

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:45, 24 September 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba will be available to play against Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

The Manchester United midfielder has been out of action since suffering an ankle injury in last month’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Will Pogba start for Man Utd against Arsenal? Five things to know…

  • Pogba suffered an ankle injury last month, missing five matches for club and country since.
  • The 26-year-old is now back in training and Solskjaer says he could get “some minutes” against Rochdale on Wednesday.
  • The United boss added that Pogba will “definitely” be available against Arsenal on Monday.
  • He is likely to start after the team scored just two goals in three games without him.
  • Solskjaer is set to rotate his squad with three games in three competitions across eight days.

United welcome League One side Rochdale to Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the third round of the Carabao Cup, and Solskjaer has suggested Pogba may get some game time in midweek.

The Frenchman missed two European qualifiers for his country while sidelined and was absent for United games against Leicester City, Astana and West Ham United.

Solskjaer’s men scored just two goals across those three matches, but Pogba could add some much needed firepower when Arsenal come to town on Monday night.

“He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale. But we definitely think he’s ready for Arsenal,” Solksjaer told the club’s official website.

United will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their third round defeat to Derby County at Old Trafford in the League Cup last season.

Solskjaer is expected to make changes for the meeting with Rochdale, one of which will be enforced as Marcus Rashford suffered a groin injury against West Ham.

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The Red Devils were left without a recognised striker after Rashford left the field as Mason Greenwood was left out of the squad because of tonsillitis.

Greenwood will hope to recover in time for Wednesday night so that he can build on his first start – and first goal – of the season against Astana in the Europa League.

United travel to AZ Alkmaar in Europe just three days after their encounter with Arsenal, so Solskjaer will need to manage his squad carefully.

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