Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are ‘looking good’ following the return of the injured duo to Manchester United training.
Manchester United‘s first-team squad returned to their Carrington training ground last week as preparations stepped up ahead of the potential return of the Premier League behind-closed-doors, with both Rashford and Pogba joining in with the sessions after lengthy spells on the sidelines with back and ankle injuries respectively.
Rashford has been ruled out since mid-January after suffering a double stress fracture in his back, whilst Pogba has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season following persistent injury problems.
Solskjaer has now revealed he expects both players to be available ahead of the potential return to action, confirming the duo’s return to fitness in a welcome boost to the Red Devils’ hopes of a top-four finish.
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“They’re looking good, they’ve joined training now and they’ve done everything the other boys have been doing,” Solskjaer told manutd.com.
“No reaction so far, touch wood. When we get started it looks like we can have a full squad to choose from.”
Solskjaer also discussed the readjustment to training following the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic, though insists his side have returned to Carrington in good condition in anticipation for the Premier League’s restart.
“I think when we start training in full groups we will need a bit of time to gel again but they’re mentally ready and physically they look OK too. That’s what you do when you’re a footballer, you just want to play football. The first step has been coming together, obviously in small groups, but they’ve enjoyed that.
“The players have been looking after themselves. They’ve done well. Charlie [Owen] the fitness coach, Kieran [McKenna], Michael [Carrick] and Martyn [Pert] have been on to them all the time. They’ve not had many days off. There have been video calls and in the last couple of weeks they’ve been stepping it up. Now we’ve proved we can do this safely we can move to the next step. It’s been really enjoyable being on the training ground again.
“Everyone’s looking sharp, everyone’s been in with a good mood and we’ve been splitting up in groups, so [working in] fours and fives together, and they’ve really done well. So far it’s been good.”