Man United boss Rangnick reveals a positive Pogba update.

Updated: Jan 19


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Ralf Rangnick says France international Paul Pogba has returned to training stronger and could make his return to Manchester United’s first team in early February.


Pogba, who has missed the Red Devils' last 13 games across all competitions due to a thigh injury he picked up while training with the France national team, featured last in United's 2-2 Champions League draw with Atalanta on the 2nd of November.


However, Rangnick is keen for the midfielder's comeback from a three-month injury lay-off.


“Paul Pogba had his first day of training with the whole group yesterday and, in the first training session, he showed what kind of extraordinary player he could be,” the 63-year-old told reporters.


“He will not be available for the two games this week but hopefully after the international break, when we have the Cup game against Middlesbrough and the away game at Burnley, I think he could be an option.”


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Pogba has missed each of the Man Utd's last 13 games across all competitions [Getty]
Pogba has missed each of the Man Utd's last 13 games across all competitions [Getty]

When quizzed about Pogba's contract situation at Old Trafford, Rangnick explained: “I don't know. I cannot answer the second part of your question because it's not me dealing with this, I'm not negotiating about future contracts with players.


“But what you could see from the very first day in training yesterday is that he's present. He's physically present, he's mentally present.


“What I saw in training yesterday was very promising for the future and I'm very much looking forward to having him available in two weeks' time after the international break, and I think he will be a serious candidate for the first XI.”


In Tuesday’s press conference, Rangnick also confirmed United have switched to a 4-3-3 formation as they look to turn their current woes around.

The Red Devils have used a 4-2-2-2 formation for the majority of the German’s tenure.


'We have now decided to play a 4-3-3 like we did against Aston Villa, with one holding six, two eights and three offensive players,’ Rangnick confirmed.




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