Paul Pogba was again sorely missed by Manchester United in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

There was a lack of creativity in the middle of the pitch as United failed to make their control of possession pay.

Today, the Athletic have offered an update on the Frenchman’s injury, picked up in last weekend’s 3-3 draw against Everton.

They claim that Pogba could miss the crunch clashes to come against Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Their report says that a fresh update is expected this week to confirm Pogba’s condition.

But they say that the initial prognosis was three to four weeks out of the side, making him a doubt for those big games to come.

 

That’s a blow to United because the Manchester Evening News reported last week that he could make it back in time to face Chelsea on February 28.

There have been question marks over Pogba’s defensive discipline in the very biggest games.

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But United have badly missed his quality on the ball during two laboured performances in his absence.

Solskjaer played Fred and Scott McTominay deep in midfield yesterday, but one potential option is to field Donny van de Beek there.

The Dutchman has struggled when he’s played further forward this season, but a more withdrawn role would allow him to get more touches of the ball.

With the games mounting up, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs Pogba back soon but it appears he could be missing until next month.

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