United fans react to latest Paul Pogba setback

Paul Pogba’s expected return to Manchester United training has been put back by illness, as reported by BBC Sport.

They report that Pogba was expected back in training this week but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is now ill.

Pogba attended his brother’s wedding in France on Friday and apparently had to have a check up with United’s club doctor the next day and got worse on Sunday.

Solskjaer said: “He’s been struck down ill. He’s been off two days, which is not beneficial. It’s probably set him back quite a bit.

“It’s games like the Everton one, for example, when you are lacking that one creative pass or idea. He has the quality not many midfielders in the world have, so it would be great to get him back.”

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This saga has been rumbling on with Pogba for months now, and many United fans feel that the latest setback show is yet another sign he wants to leave the club.

The transfer window opens again next month and he has not played for United since September.

Solskjaer is right to highlight United’s lack of midfield creativity without Pogba in the side but if the Frenchman’s heart isn’t in it, it’s increasingly difficult to make the case for keeping him at Old Trafford if a suitable offer comes in.

It remains to be seen whether Pogba will be back in time for the festive period after this latest update. At this rate, probably not…

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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.