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Solskjaer issues positive update on potential return of McTominay and Pogba

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided positive updates on the fitness of injured duo Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

McTominay has established himself as a favourite under Solskjaer and has been one of the club’s most consistent performers in the opening months of the new season, though an ankle injury suffered against Brighton prior to the international break saw him miss last weekend’s draw at Sheffield United.

Solskjaer is now hopeful that the 22-year-old will be fit to face Tottenham on Wednesday night, but has refused to rule out the midfielder’s inclusion for Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa.

“We hope Scotty will be back as soon as possible, but he’s also been back home and I’ve not seen him,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.

“Maybe [he will be fit to face] Spurs but hopefully for Sunday.”

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Solskjaer’s midfield options have been further depleted following the injury to Pogba, the France international having failed to feature since the draw with Arsenal in September as he recovers from an ankle problem.

The 26-year-old has continued his rehabilitation in recent weeks, however, Solskjaer is opting for a cautious approach with Pogba’s recovery and has refused to set a timeline for his return.

“Paul is stepping up his recovery and let’s see how soon he’ll be match fit and available,” Ole added.

“Of course, he’ll be like a new signing for us. He’s not really been able to play for us and, when we get him back, it’ll be like a new world-class signing and world-class midfielder.

“We want him back as soon as possible. Sunday? No. I can’t say now as I’ve not been home and seen him. Let’s see where he’s at when he comes back and he starts training with us.”

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