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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says Paul Pogba Should Be Fit for Arsenal vs. Man United

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2019

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the head coach / manager of Manchester United applauds the fans during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on December 28, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Paul Pogba is set to return to the squad for the team's clash with Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday. 

Pogba has missed the majority of the campaign due to injury but recently returned to the side in the games with Watford and Newcastle United, entering the action from the bench.

As such, eyebrows were raised when the decision was made to leave the France midfielder out of the travelling party for the recent 2-0 win over Burnley. Speaking ahead of the clash with the Gunners, Solskjaer said the 26-year-old is likely to feature on New Year's Day.

"Yes, I would think so," said Solskjaer when asked if Pogba would be available for the match, per James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph.

The United manager said Pogba was left out of the Burnley squad as a precaution. "When you've been out for such a while it's always going to take time before you're 100 per cent," said Solskjaer.

Per Ducker, before the contest at the Emirates Stadium, Pogba has been out of the country:

James Ducker @TelegraphDucker

Re: Pogba, I'm a big fan of his, just think in these circumstances, having missed Burnley, and so much football prior to Watford/Newc, that you stay at home and rest up rather than travel to France and back in a day with Arsenal on Wed. Fully accept others will see it differently

When he does return to the side, he'll be a big boost for United, as Pogba provides a thrust and ingenuity in the middle of the field that nobody else in the squad can replicate.

In his cameos against Watford and Newcastle, the midfielder showed what he is capable of. Pogba was unable to help spark a comeback in the 2-0 loss to the former, but his dribbling ability, physicality and vision shone through in both encounters:

Rob Blanchette @_Rob_B

I love Scott McTominay. He's been a revelation. But #MUFC had a Rolls-Royce running the midfield in the second half. United fans have to understand what Paul Pogba does. The nuance and the tactical brain he provides. The forwards punished everything. #MUNNEW

With Scott McTominay injured, Solskjaer will be desperate for Pogba to recover full fitness quickly and cement his spot back in the side again soon.

Speculation has been rife about Pogba's future at United since the summer. The player's agent Mino Raiola has told Sky Sports the midfielder's "heart" is at Old Trafford, but he wants to represent "a club that I hope fights for the league and hopefully the Champions League."