Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to wrap midfielder Paul Pogba in cotton wool ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Newcastle because he wants the superstar to feature against Liverpool.
“He probably won’t be available on Sunday,” Solskjaer admitted. “There’s an international break as well, it might be time for us to give him 10 or 14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool.”
Indeed, Pogba has been overlooked by France boss Didier Deschamps ahead of the 2018 World Cup winners’ clashes against Iceland and Turkey over the next fortnight, with N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko and Corentin Tolisso the midfield corps for those fixtures.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, is not confident that the injury problems in the United squad will clear at all ahead of the trip to the north east.
Asked if he would have any of his injured players back in time, he said: “I don’t know. Let’s see on Saturday morning but probably not.”