Paul Pogba unlikely to play again this season, says Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick has conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s trip to face Arsenal.

Rangnick oversaw United’s 4-0 humiliation at Anfield and needs to inspire a response from his players in this game, which must be won to offer any chance of finishing in the top four.

At the briefing which was streamed at noon on United’s official website and app, Rangnick was asked about the fitness of his squad.

Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit for the game, but Paul Pogba looks to be out for the season.

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“Scott McTominay will be back and fit to play,” said Rangnick.

“He has been training with us and will train today, so he will be available for the game tomorrow. The same is true with Rapha Varane and, obviously, Cristiano is available again.

“With Paul, it seems, after the scan we did yesterday or the day before yesterday, it’s very unlikely that he will play until the end of the season again.

“The doctor told me that it will take four weeks, minimum, for him to recover and, since the last game is at the end of May, I don’t think it’s very likely that he will be able to play again.”

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That raises the prospect that Pogba has played his final game in Manchester United colours.

His contract expires at the end of the season and it looks like he is going to depart Old Trafford for a second time when the summer rolls around.

It looks best for all parties right now that United make a clean break. Pogba can make a final big move and try and show some of the potential he offers in a France shirt.

United have a new manager in the shape of Erik ten Hag and it seems likely he would want to build around Donny van de Beek, mimicking the style of play which has brought him such success at Ajax.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.