Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pogba set for United return after two months out

Hamstrung midfielder Paul Pogba has returned to training and is set to return after the international break after twelve games out. 

The Frenchman sustained the injury against Basel in the Champions League on 12th September, and his absence has proved a telling one.

United were toe-to-toe with leaders Manchester City at the top of the Premier League at the time of Pogba's hamstring tear, but are now eight point behind Pep Guardiola's men after eleven games.

But Pogba is set to make his comeback when the Reds host Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday 18th November, on our return to action following the latest international matches. 

After a difficult run of fixtures that have seen us face Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea, we host Rafa Benitez's side, then Brighton at home before the trip to Watford - three games from which nine points is a must. 

United have struggled for energy, control and fluency in his two-month absence, and his availability will come as a massive boost to our wobbling title ambitions.

We earned many plaudits for our prolific and free-scoring start to the campaign, with Pogba's devastating form in an advanced position a key factor.

With the defensive shield of Nemanja Matic sitting effortlessly in front of the back four, Pogba was given licence to roam high up the pitch.

No one benefited more than Romelu Lukaku, as - with the Frenchman supplying the ammunition - he scored 11 goals in his first ten games for the Reds.

Pogba suffered a slow start back at Old Trafford last term having re-signed from Juventus, and was often made a scapegoat at the first available opportunity.

But he's proved his importance, and world class ability, in these early months of the season and has quickly become one of this side's go-to players.

Marouane Fellaini, who enjoyed an equally impressive start, was an able deputy for Pogba, until he too picked up an injury on international duty with Belgium.

Bereft of our midfield heartbeat, the Reds blistering start has tailed off and City have threatened to run away into the distance.

Fit-again Fellaini came on against Chelsea after a three-week absence and almost salvaged a dramatic late equaliser at the Bridge.

With Pogba not far behind - and Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for returns sooner rather than later, United will have a fully fit squad for the hectic run of festive fixtures. 

Pogba's return cannot come soon enough, and we'll need him to be back to his best quickly if we're to reel in City - and get our faltering title challenge back on track.

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