Ralf Rangnick didn't intend to play Paul Pogba for 80 minutes against Boro

Manchester United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he didn’t intend to play Paul Pogba for 80 minutes against Middlesbrough.

The Frenchman was making his first appearance since November after sustaining a thigh injury whilst training with France.

Alongside Scott McTominay, the World Cup winner was back in action for the Reds for the first time since being brought off in the 2-2 draw at Atalanta in November.

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The 28-year-old produced a solid performance against the Championship side and won his side a first half penalty after making a late dart into the box.

Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly dragged his penalty wide and the Red Devils crashed out of the competition after losing 8-7 to Chris Wilder’s side in the shootout.

It was Pogba’s first appearance under Rangnick and the German was happy with his performance although he didn’t plan to play him for as long as he did.

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Speaking via the club’s official website ahead of tonight’s trip to Burnley, Rangnick said on Paul Pogba: “Yes, I think he did well.

“Originally, I didn’t intend to let him play 80 minutes but, due to the chronology of the game, we decided to have him on the pitch until 10 minutes from time, before being replaced by Fred.

“I think he did well. He hasn’t played for two and half, almost three months, it was his first performance after such a pretty long time. I think he did really well.

“We are all happy to have him on board for the upcoming games.”

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With Fred and Alex Telles both ruled out of tonight’s trip to the Clarets after testing positive for Covid-19, Pogba could make his second start in the space of five days, unless Rangnick decides to recall Nemanja Matic and not push the former Juventus man after only just returning from injury.

United’s number six scored the winner at Turf Moor last season and will no doubt be eager to start the game and help get the Red Devils back on track after the shock cup exit.

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