Manchester United have certainly missed the services of Paul Pogba. The lack of a world-class attacking midfielder has more often than not been the sole difference in them dropping points from easily winnable games.
The September injury means that Pogba has missed a good chunk of the season and a lot of speculation was doing the rounds regarding why he wasn’t back yet despite seeming fit and on his way about.
However, more recent claims indicate that he is back in Manchester and could be ready to contribute to a tightly packed December fixture list.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certainly ecstatic about it.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Norwegian gaffer went on to express just how important Pogba’s return to fitness would be, stating: “He’s not really been able to play for us so when we get him back it’ll be like a new world-class signing, a new world-class midfielder, so of course we want him back as soon as possible.”
However, what Solskjaer went on to add may indicate that Pogba’s position may be in a more traditional role: “We’ve missed him when he’s been away. I think some of the players – Scotty and Fred – have taken up that challenge and have done well but of course, it’s a boost for us when he comes back.”
Scott McTominay has made himself an integral part of the midfield pivot in Pogba’s absence and it would be a massive disservice to his recent brilliance if the Frenchman’s return means his ousting from the club.
Instead, the former Juventus player is more well-suited to the no.10 position where the likes of Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata have proven to be woefully inadequate.
Solskjaer also defender some of Pogba’s actions when he was injured: “Every player is allowed to be injured when he’s injured and Paul is working hard to get back. No one can doubt his professionalism, his willingness or his desire to play football. He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and it’ll be like signing a new player before the transfer window opens.”