Rangnick offers update on the fitness of Paul Pogba

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

He was faced questions from reporters at the briefing which was streamed at 12.30pm on the club’s official app on Friday.

Rangnick was asked about Paul Pogba, who has been out injured since the most recent international break.

He said that he spoke to Pogba earlier this week and is planning to meet him for the first time on Sunday, after the clash with Norwich.

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“We spoke over the phone, I think it was on Tuesday,” said Rangnick of Pogba. “He is still in Dubai. He is due back today and then we can get to know each other on Sunday. We had a call for about 15 minutes.

“He told me he is getting better. Obviously he is still not fully fit. From all I heard so far, it will take another couple of weeks until he is fit for training again.

“He has been out for quite some time so I suppose it will take another couple of weeks to get match fit. In the first instance, it is important he gets fit and is able to train with the rest of the group.

“And then we have to develop him physically and technically to be able to play in the Premier League.”

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Pogba looks set to miss most of United’s festive fixture schedule, if not all of it.

By the time he next plays for United, Pogba could be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club for the end of the season.

There are also question marks over how Pogba’s style mixes with Rangnick’s demand for high intensity but until he is back fit again, those will go unanswered.

It will be interesting to see if Rangnick views him more as a central midfield option or as a number ten in his 4-2-2-2 system, if that is what he sticks with.

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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.