Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba is back to full fitness ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League outing at Sevilla. The France international missed the recent Cup meeting with Huddersfield Town through an illness.
Pogba had shown his presence in training shortly after the Terriers win, and the manager has now confirmed that the 24-year-old is ‘ready and without problems’ ahead of a key round of 16 first-leg tie in Seville, he said:
“I opened the training session today in the period we don’t normally open. We normally do the warm up and the first simple drills and this time we did it for quite a long time in the last period so we could see the players in a competitive situation.
“And when a player is in that type of situation it is because the players are normally ready and without problems. So you could see that in training some people that didn’t play with problems like Pogba, Valencia, Rashford, Herrera, so I think in an objective way you could look at it.”
Pogba has received plenty of criticism since being hauled off during the second half of the Newcastle United earlier this month, and the Andalusian trip could be the perfect occasion to silence his doubters with a standoff performance.
The Frenchman has excelled while playing on the left side of a midfield three, and there is a realistic chance that Mourinho could adopt a similar tactic in Andalusia in order to get more out of Pogba in an attacking point of view.
Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay have looked fluent as a pair in central midfield, and their presence should allow Pogba to express himself rather than worrying about the play behind him.