Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to have Paul Pogba back just in time for Manchester United’s clash against Tottenham.
“Paul is stepping up his recovery and let’s see how soon he’ll be match-fit and available,” Solskjaer said following a youthful United side’s 2-1 Europa League defeat to Astana on Thursday.
“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. Spurs? 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.
“Nobody can doubt his professionalism, his willingness or desire to play football. He’s a footballer and one of the best midfielders in the world. It will be like a new signing before the transfer window opens.
“Of course, we have missed him when he’s been away but some of the players, Scott [McTominay] and Fred, have taken up that challenge and done well.”
Solskjaer is also optimistic about Scott McTominay returning to the first team.
“We hope Scotty will be back as soon as possible, but he’s also back home and I’ve not see him,” Solskjaer added.
“Maybe [he can face] Spurs, but hopefully [he will be back on] Sunday.”