Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoped to have Pogba available in time to play over the Christmas period after two-and-a-half months out with an ankle injury, but that is now in doubt following the latest setback.
Solskjaer revealed the news after confirming that Pogba will not play in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Colchester United at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba was given permission to attend his brother’s wedding in France on Friday
But the Frenchman has had a setback in his first team return from injury having fallen ill
‘Of all things he’s been struck down ill now,’ said the United boss.
‘He’s been off for two or three days – three days probably – so that’s not beneficial. That’s probably set him back quite a bit.
‘As I’ve said so many times, Paul’s a top player that we want to see him playing his best football at Man United. We just need to get him fit and match fit.
‘It might be half an hour, 45, 60, 90 minutes in the first game, who knows? We’re working hard to get him back but now he’s ill.’
Pogba (right) has been out since picking up a knee injury against Arsenal in September
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s update on Pogba was mystifying after his appearance at the wedding
The update on Pogba is all the more mystifying because the Frenchman and his family have posted videos of the United player dancing at his brother Florentin’s wedding in Bussy-Saint-Georges on the outskirts of Paris on Friday.
Pogba, who married his partner Maria Salaues in the same Seine-et-Marne town hall 10 months ago, was also pictured walking their dogs near his Cheshire home on Monday after returning from France.
The latest twist in Pogba’s comeback is likely to raise more questions over his rehabilitation after United’s £89millon record signing shared a video of himself playing basketball with Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler a month ago, even though he hasn’t been fit to appear for United since the end of September due to the ankle problem.
The 26-year-old midfielder has spent time working on his fitness in Dubai and Florida, but may now struggle to play again until the New Year.
Sportsmail revealed last week that United will open the door to Pogba’s departure in the summer by signing two central midfielders before the start of next season.
He previously shared a video of himself playing basketball with Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler
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‘We can talk about Paul all day long when you’re lacking that one creative pass or ideas maybe,’ added Solskjaer.
‘He has that quality that not many midfielders in the world have, so to get him back would be great.’
The Norwegian will rotate his squad to face League Two underdogs Colchester with Mason Greenwood set to start after scoring three goals in his last two games against Alkmaar and Everton.
‘He’s making it hard for me to leave him out,’ said Solskjaer. ‘I remember when I came to the club as well and I kept scoring a few goals but still I felt I could perform better.
‘I wasn’t involved in the game but the manager’s comments were that it was hard to keep players who score out of the team. It’s very very difficult now to put a team out there without having Mason in my mind, yes.
‘We’re going to make changes again because there are so many games. I hope the team I’m going to put out is going to be a strong enough one to win a game. At home against a League Two side you’re big favourites and we’ve got to accept that, but we have to go out there and earn it.’
Solskjaer believes that lifting the Carabao Cup will only help to give his players self-belief as he continues his rebuilding programme at United.
Solskjaer praised Pogba’s qualities but looks set to be without him now until early next year
Mason Greenwood is set to be handed a start as Solskjaer shuffles his side for the Carabao Cup
‘Any player or any team – and for us now it’s a good team that’s building – would benefit a lot from winning a trophy or getting to a final,’ he added. ‘Now we’ve got a chance of getting into the semi, so for us this game is a big one.
‘Winning the first trophy is massive for a player, no matter which one it is. I remember when Patrice (Evra) and Nemanja Vidic won their first trophy against Wigan (League Cup in 2006). When you get that feeling of winning it’s something you want more and more of.
‘This group has a few players who won the championship, but there’s less and less left of them so for us it would be massive.
‘The prize now is getting to a semi-final and then you’re not too far away. The motivation and the attitude will be right on Wednesday definitely.’
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