The Manchester United manager has provided an update on latest team news and injury concerns ahead of the game at Wembley.
Shortly after returning to Manchester after a few days training in Dubai, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressed the media. The boss has shown concerns over the availability of defender Marcos Rojo in the near future.
The boss confirmed that the Argentinian was sent home from United’s winter training camp in Dubai. The defender initially traveled with the squad for warm-weather training. However, seeing his condition, the boss decided to send him back home for treatment.
“He’s gone back to Argentina for a while with his injury,” Solskjaer confirmed.
Moreover, the boss showed concerns over the uncertainty of the time which will be required to get Rojo back on track. “How long is a piece of rope?” he said. “For him, it’s mentally important for him to get away and come back fresh again.”
The Argentinian has featured for United just thrice this season and has failed to complete a single Premier League match. Rojo has been absent since the Champions League defeat at Valencia by 2-1 on December 12.
Paul Pogba to return for Tottenham Clash?
The Manchester United manager has also revealed that Paul Pogba is likely to be fit for weekend’s game against Tottenham Hotspur. The French midfielder picked up a knock in United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle on January 2. The robust tackle by Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey was enough to force Pogba to miss out on United’s FA Cup game against Reading. The midfielder also traveled separately to Dubai for the training camp after being initially left behind in Manchester for treatment.
Paul Pogba joined the United training camp in Dubai on Monday and trained with the squad. Manchester United manager is hopeful to have him back in the Starting XI as the face Spurs this weekend.
“He looked okay towards the end, so he will be fit,” Solskjaer said. “He did have some problems but came through the last couple of sessions well so he should be okay.”
The Norwegian manager has kept a perfect start as United’s boss after clinching five wins in his opening five games. Paul Pogba has played an essential part during that time and also claimed the player of the month award for December after scoring four and assisting the other four goals in wins against Cardiff, Huddersfield, and Bournemouth.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United – Key Details
Kick-off: Sunday, 13 January (15:00 GMT)
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Mike Dean