Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Insists Paul Pogba Is Still Injured Despite Being Filmed Playing Basketball
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Paul Pogba is a few weeks away from a Manchester United return despite being filmed playing basketball.
A video of Pogba playing with Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler emerged this week and angered United fans.
But Solskjaer has insisted Pogba is still a few weeks away from returning to action.
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Per Daily Mail, he told reporters in his press conference on Friday morning that the Frenchman playing basketball will not be detrimental to his recovery.
"We don't play basketball. I don't see many basketball players tackling ankles, twisting and turning with studs. He's not ready to train."
The 46-year-old also said he hopes the World Cup winner will be available for selection before the end of the year.
"He had another test and scan just at the start of the international break and it's not healed yet. He's stepping up the recovery so he doesn't have to have the cast on.
"He's been out for six or seven weeks so he's gradually stepping it up, walking, on the treadmill and bike. We hope to see him in 2019."
Pogba hasn't featured for United since a 1-1 draw to Arsenal back in September.
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United travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United on Sunday and they'll be doing so while light on options in midfield.
Scott McTominay will be out due to an injury he picked up against Brighton two weeks ago.
The 22-year-old has become an integral part of United's side this season and Solskjaer said he'll be a big miss.
"He's played everywhere. He was a striker as a kid. He's learning the game now. His improvement has been great to see. We're going to miss him. Sheffield United, set plays, balls into the box, we'll miss Scott."
Midfield is a position 'The Red Devils' have been light in since Ander Herrera's departure to PSG in the summer.
Solskjaer has said United are looking at a variety of positions to strengthen and midfield is a key one.
"We have to conjure a way of replacing them. Long-term we're looking at different positions but we are looking at midfielders."
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