Paul Pogba running at Carrington but has not returned to group training

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is running on the grass at Carrington but hasn’t yet returned to group training.

The Frenchman hasn’t featured for the Reds since being hauled off in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Atalanta in early November.

After missing the 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City following his reckless challenge on Liverpool’s Naby Keita which resulted in a straight red card, Pogba picked up an injury during the November international break with France.

The 28-year-old picked up a thigh injury whilst shooting in France training and has been building up his recovery ever since.

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The World Cup winner spent time out in Dubai stepping up his rehabilitation, but he is back at Carrington and building up his fitness.

The Telegraph report that Pogba is making steady progress on his return from injury.

According to Sky Sports, United’s number six is expected to be back at the end of January, or the beginning of February.

No update on Paul Pogba’s contract situation

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The former Juventus man can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club for next season, due to his contract entering its final six months.

But Pogba isn’t focusing on his future, his sole focus is getting fit and returning to action with United.

The Telegraph claim that the World Cup winner is in no rush to decide his future and is concentrating on his comeback from injury and making his first appearances under Ralf Rangnick.

United’s contract offer from last year is still on the table – it hasn’t been accepted or rejected and there still is a possibility that Pogba will sign a new deal at Old Trafford before the summer.

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However, United’s shortcomings and cracks which became so evident towards the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at the Theatre of Dreams have already started to re-surface under Rangnick.

If Pogba is to re-sign with the Reds, Champions League qualification at the very least is paramount.

But with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham all fancying their chances of getting the fourth spot, United need a motivated and focused Pogba to lift this disillusioned group.

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