Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Manchester United are sweating on Paul Pogba’s fitness after the midfielder limped out of France training on Monday. Pogba was training with his national team ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Finland when he was pictured leaving the training pitch in pain.
The 28-year-old was taking part in a shooting drill when he suffered what appeared to be a thigh injury and was seen walking off the pitch alongside manager Didier Deschamps.
RMC Sport tweeted a video which showed Pogba striking a bouncing ball towards goal from the edge of the area before hobbling off while holding his right leg.
Deschamps could then be seen going over to Pogba, who appears to be in plenty of discomfort before limping off the pitch to a waiting car.
While France are yet to comment on the severity of Pogba’s injury, he is a doubt for the upcoming fixtures at the Parc des Princes on Saturday and in Helsinki on Tuesday.
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Pogba has joined up with France following a difficult few weeks with Manchester United.
The central midfielder was sent off in United’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool on October 24 for a poor challenge on Naby Keita.
He was suspended for United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham and their 2-0 defeat by Man City in the Premier League.
Pogba started the Champions League tie against Atalanta on Tuesday, but was substituted after 69 minutes, having struggled to make an impact.
While Pogba’s performances have been poor of late, the injury will come as a blow to Solskjaer, who is under increasing pressure.
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United face Watford next in the Premier League on November 20 and Solskjaer had hoped that the international break could be beneficial for his team.
“Players are human beings and when you lose a game of football there is no better remedy than winning a game and getting your confidence by winning a game,” Solskjaer said after the derby defeat on Saturday.
“Hopefully the ones who go away do that and for us it is all about Watford.
“We have to come out against Watford like a proper hurt animal and get back to what we know we can be and that is the only way to approach this and attack this situation.
“Yes the short answer is it [the break] has come at a good time for us. As a group we have had a difficult spell and we’ve come through it but this was a big step backwards.”
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