Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons the return of £89 million midfielder Paul Pogba was the only positive to take from his sides 2-0 loss away to the Premier League’s bottom side Watford today.
France international Pogba has missed the majority of this season with a foot injury and had not featured for United since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal back in September.
However, the 26-year-old made his long awaited comeback today, being named on the bench for the clash at Vicarage Road, and was called upon by Solskjaer in the 64th minute, with Manchester United trailing by two goals to nil.
Although the controversial midfielder was unable to turn things around for his side, he did show flashes of his undoubted ability.
Manchester United vs. Watford:
• A shot every 9 minutes without Pogba
• A shot every 2 minutes with Pogba
Huge difference. 🎯🎯🎯 pic.twitter.com/nJDYP0erRg
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 22, 2019
United have regularly struggled to create chances against the so-called lesser sides this season, and Solskjaer is confident that the return of Pogba can help to alleviate the issue.
“The big plus is Paul coming on,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
”And that’s the one plus. He added urgency, quality, some great passes.
”The boy has been working hard. He’s fit and leaner. He’ll bring us a lot. He is important for us. He makes us create more chances.”
United sit in eighth in the table after today’s result, seven points off the top four, and next up is a home clash with Steve Bruce’s in-form Newcastle on Boxing Day.