Paul Pogba is in contention to play for Manchester United tonight against Paris Saint-Germain.
After missing the past three games with injury, it is likely Pogba will have to settle for a spot on the bench.
Pogba was a substitute for the away game in Paris, when he came on and turned the game, helping United to get back in control with the scores level, and he provided the late assist for Marcus Rashford’s winner.
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti says he hopes Pogba will not be a starter at Old Trafford.
Quoted by Foot Mercato, Verratti said: “It’s a very good team, I think. I adore Paul Pogba a lot, I hope he won’t start, because he has a great personality, he likes to play this type of match.
“The rest, with Rashford, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, they are very strong players.”
Verratti and Pogba are similar players in that both like to try and control midfield possession. Their work often goes unappreciated because they do not record high numbers of goals or assists.
The Italian midfielder’s respect for Pogba speaks volumes, at a time when Pogba has a lot to prove.
His injury came at a time he was beginning to build up a little momentum for France and hoped to return to United and hit the ground running.
Instead his absence has allowed Donny van de Beek the opportunity he has been waiting for and the Netherlands international has seized his chance.
Van de Beek is the more likely of the two to play, but with five substitutes permitted, it is likely Pogba plays some role this evening.
Hopefully he can have the same type of impact he had in Paris.
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