Boost for Ole as Pogba passed fit

HE CAME THROUGH THE TWO SES­SIONS WELL Two form teams could make it a clas­sic at Wem­b­ley.

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Paul Pogba will be fit to re­turn from in­jury for Manch­ester United’s Pre­mier League match at Tot­ten­ham this week­end, in­terim boss Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer said on Thurs­day.

The France mid­fielder linked up late with his team-mates for a warm weather train­ing camp in Dubai this week af­ter be­ing in­jured in a chal­lenge by Jonjo Shelvey dur­ing the 2-0 vic­tory at New­cas­tle on Jan­uary 2.

Pogba missed last Satur­day’s 2-0 FA Cup vic­tory over Read­ing but has been train­ing well, ac­cord­ing to Sol­sk­jaer.

“He looked OK to­wards the end. He did have some prob­lems but he came through the two ses­sions well, so he should be fine,” the Nor­we­gian said.

Sol­sk­jaer has made a per­fect start as United’s coach since re­plac­ing the sacked Jose Mour­inho on De­cem­ber 19, win­ning each of his first five matches in charge.

The for­mer United striker, who is on loan from Nor­we­gian club Molde un­til the end of the sea­son, has made clear since his re­turn he would love the man­ager’s job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

How­ever, his op­po­nent to­mor­row, Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, is be­lieved by many ob­servers to be the like­li­est per­son to get the United job.

Sol­sk­jaer praised the Ar­gen­tinian and jus­ti­fied the re­ports.

“He has done a very good job. That spec­u­la­tion is there for a rea­son – be­cause he has done well – but it’s not my job to rate man­agers. My fo­cus is on me and my team.”

The in­terim boss, though, has re­jected the idea that this match rep­re­sents his first se­ri­ous chal­lenge in charge of United, fol­low­ing wins over Cardiff, Hud­der­s­field, Bournemouth, New­cas­tle and Read­ing.

“We’ve had tests. New­cas­tle away is a test and the first game was a test as to how ev­ery­one re­acted. The first home game with the crowd is a test,” he said.

“We are not go­ing to get as many chances to at­tack against these sides as we had be­fore so when we have the ball we have to be ready to play well with it and we have to use the whole pitch be­cause Wem­b­ley is a de­cent size pitch as well,” he added.

One of United’s big­gest test will be con­tain­ing the threat of Tot­ten­ham striker Harry Kane, the joint-lead­ing scorer in this sea­son’s Pre­mier League, with 14 goals.

“He’s not bad, is he? He is a fan­tas­tic goal-scorer and one of the best in the world, but I have got a cou­ple I’m happy to work with,” Sol­sk­jaer said

“He is a top pro­fes­sional. Sure, who­ever plays with him and trains with him can talk more about him, but from the out­side he is a fan­tas­tic fin­isher,” the 1999 tre­ble win­ner said.

Sol­sk­jaer, mean­while, re­vealed de­fender Mar­cos Rojo has re­turned to his na­tive Ar­gentina as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a leg in­jury that has kept him out for a month.

“He has gone back to Ar­gentina for a while be­cause of his in­jury.” – AFP

Pic­ture: Getty Images

TALISMAN. Manch­ester United’s Paul Pogba is fit to face Spurs in the English Pre­mier League at Wem­b­ley to­mor­row.

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