Paul Pogba starts on bench for Manchester United’s clash with Tottenham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has benched Paul Pogba for Manchester United’s clash with Spurs (Getty/Sky)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Paul Pogba will play a ‘vital’ part in the remainder of Manchester United’s season after the midfielder was benched for the match against Tottenham on Friday.

The French World Cup winner has not played for United since December and required surgery to fix an injured ankle in January.

But the 27-year-old has been fully training during the lockdown period and United fans have been excited by the prospect of seeing him in midfielder along with January signing Bruno Fernandes.

But Solskjaer is carefully managing Pogba’s playing time and has stressed the importance of not overusing the midfielder during the remainder of United’s season.

Asked if he was tempted to start Pogba against Spurs, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: ‘Of course.

‘He is one of the best players and best midfielders in the world and he has been training hard, training well.

‘But then again I need to make sure I look after everyone in these six weeks until the league finishes.

‘But we’ve got Europe after that, and we’ve got the FA Cup and Paul will gradually going to play more and more and he’ll play a vital part for us.’

Solskjaer has opted for a midfield trio of Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred. While in attack, Anthony Martial will play alongside Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.

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