Manchester United are currently taking on Burnley in an all-important Premier League clash. A victory here could help the Red Devils move up the table, though a loss could be catastrophic for our top four hopes.
Anyway, when the team news was confirmed, there was one notable absentee. Paul Pogba was missing not only from the starting line-up, but also the eighteen-man squad.
The Frenchman has only recently come back from injury so my first thought was that Pogba would be rested. After all, he has featured in United’s last two and Solskjaer isn’t going to want to rush his key man back.
Anyway, ahead of the game, Solskjaer has explained Pogba’s absence and thankfully, he’s not injured further. Instead, the superstar midfielder is just being rested as a precaution.
“Paul has played in two games now and he’s been out for a while, so we didn’t feel it was right for him to participate today.” Solskjaer said live on United’s in-house channel MUTV, per The Mirror.
After an almost three-month-long absence, United should manage Pogba carefully. The worst thing that can happen is the 26-year-old picks up another serious injury on the back of being rushed back too quickly.
United now don’t play until 8pm on New Years Day against Arsenal. This gives Pogba a few days to fully recover from featuring in the last two games, meaning he’ll be fighting fit to go against Mikel Arteta’s side.
I like this cautious approach United are taking. It would have been oh so easy to chuck him straight back into the starting XI but when you’ve got such a world-class commodity on your hands, you should always look to protect your asset.