Manchester United Football Club made it back-to-back away wins for the first time this season, with the Red Devils shooting up to seventh in the Premier League table.
The game itself was encouraging, with the return of Anthony Martial seriously boosting dressing room morale. His link-up play with Marcus Rashford was sublime at times – and long may that continue.
Anyway, one player who’s still missing is Martial’s Frech compatriot, Paul Pogba. The midfielder has been suffering from an ankle problem since September – and it certainly seems as though risking him for the cup game against Rochdale wasn’t the wisest idea…
Anyway today, Ole Gunnar Solskajer has provided a hugely disappointing injury update in regards to the 26-year-old – and there has finally been a timeframe placed upon his return, though it’s not good news…
“I don’t think we will see him before December. He’ll be out for a while,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“He needs time to fully, fully recover so I don’t think he will be back (until) maybe Sheffield United after the international break.
“It will probably be December until we can see him.”
Losing Pogba until December is a massive blow, though he could return for the games against both Tottenham Hotspur and Machester City early on in the month.
I guess every cloud has a silver lining. Pogba’s absence gives the opportunity for others to step up. Fred did well at the weekend, while Andreas Pereira will continue to learn and grow. Hopefully, there is more minutes on the cards for James Garner, too.
For now, I guess it’s down to Pogba to keep up his mental strength. He’ll have to be prepared to hit the ground running when he returns because we’re certainly going to need him.