Back in the summer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoped Paul Pogba would be the centre piece of his Manchester United side.

Injury has so far wrecked those hopes, with Pogba starting just five Premier League games, and in two of those, against Southampton and Arsenal, he was not fully fit.

A brief December comeback resulted in another setback, but Goal reported yesterday he has had his cast taken off and is stepping up his comeback hopes.

Solskjaer told the club website that Pogba is getting a little ‘fed up’ at not playing and claims he is desperate to get back to action.

He said: “Paul’s had a terrible season with injuries and he’s desperate to play football. If there’s one thing that I know about Paul, he loves playing football and he loves just being out there training as well, and it’s been playing on his mind.”

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“I see a boy that is fed up of being injured and desperate to play football, yeah, and Paul has always been a top professional. I don’t have any doubts that when he comes back he’s going to enjoy himself.”

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Pogba is viewed with suspicion by United supporters, due to his perceived lack of desire to play, whether that’s fair or not.

The Frenchman could do himself a big favour by voicing that desire and ‘desperation’ publicly and showing some of the passion Solskjaer says he has.

He may also be getting a little anxious about his Euro 2020 ambitions with France if his injury does not clear up.

Potential returns

Pogba and Scott McTominay are hoping to make their comebacks in February. project Pogba as a possibility for the game with Chelsea on February 17, while Scott McTominay is pencilled in for a week after.

Despite this, Solskjaer believes both players will have to earn their starting roles from Nemanja Matic and Fred.

He said: “Fred and Nemanja have been absolutely terrific in the last few months now, because they’ve had to play every single game. I think they’ll have a say, thinking ‘they’re not just going to take our places, we want to play.”

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Both players have featured relentlessly over the past month, but they will get a rest over the upcoming winter break.

United really will have a selection dilemma when Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are back, but it will be a nice problem to have.

The key issue is that both players can stay fit from when they return, until the end of the season. If they can, along with their teammates, United will be in good shape.

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