Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Paul Pogba’s chances of facing Arsenal

Paul Pogba is in line to start for Manchester United against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Paul Pogba will be fit enough to face Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Pogba, 26, was out for around three months with an ankle injury and his comeback was delayed by a mystery illness. However, the Frenchman returned to make a substitute appearance in United’s miserable defeat away to Watford on December 22.

The midfielder stepped up his recovery with a 45-minute display in United’s victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day but was then left out of the squad altogether as Solskjaer’s men beat Burnley.

Solskjaer said ‘it didn’t feel right’ to play Pogba at Turf Moor and instead opted for a midfield-three of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira as the Red Devils ran out convincing 2-0 winners.

Pogba has only made seven league appearances for United this season (Picture: Getty)

However, Pogba is back in contention for a starting spot on New Year’s Day, with Scott McTominay’s knee ligament injury leaving the Red Devils short of options in midfield.

Asked whether Pogba was likely to make the trip to north London, Solskjaer replied: ‘Yeah, I would think so.

‘When you’ve been out for such a while, it’s always going to take time to be 100 per cent.

‘He just needed another day, probably, of recovery.’

Solskjaer is satisfied with the depth in his squad but has refused to rule out United making any signings this winter.

‘Well, if we can keep [our forwards] fit and if we can keep on improving, one addition, if you get two additions, of course that’s going to be competition for places, and that’s what you’ve got to deal with at this club,’ the Norwegian said.

‘We haven’t had enough [competition] because we’ve had so many injuries, but now we’re getting more and more players fit.

‘So now I’ve got to leave players out that I maybe should have played.

‘So [on Saturday] Luke [Shaw] and Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] were replaced by two fantastic performers with Ashley [Young] and Brandon [Williams], so it gives me more options.’

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