Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United will be a “powerful force” to be reckoned with when the Premier League restarts.
Before football was suspended in response to the coronavirus crisis, United had gone 11 games unbeaten, and key players Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are now fully fit after long injury layoffs. The Red Devils duo have made a full recovery and will be available for the Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday.
Redknapp feels their return will give the team a huge boost going into the fixture. Speaking to The Sky Sports Football Podcast, the former Liverpool star said: “There are important players coming back.
“If you look at Manchester United right now, they’ve got a young man in Marcus Rashford who is now fit for his team. That’s going to be amazing to have him back for United.
“It’s like a brand new signing – one of the best centre forwards in the world or wide players, wherever you want to play him. So I think United will look at that and think ‘we’ve got a real chance’.
“It will be interesting to see the dynamic in midfield, too, with Paul Pogba coming back as well. There’s so much talent in that area now and if you can get that midfield working together then you’ve got a really big chance.
“Teams will be nervous about United. The likes of Chelsea that are already in the top four will be looking over their shoulder.”
It is hard to argue with Redknapp here, as Rashford is United’s leading goalscorer this season, so having him back should be a huge fillip for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 22-year-old, who recently made the headlines for his open letter to the government, scored 14 goals in 22 games in the Premier League before sustaining a back injury in January.
Although Pogba has only played 521 minutes of competitive action, he has averaged 2.3 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
Solskjaer’s side are currently fifth in the table, just three points behind Frank Lampard’s Chelsea with nine games remaining of the 2019/20 campaign. As it stands, the tie with Tottenham is surely a must-win as both teams seek to challenge for Champions League football next season.
Meanwhile, former United boss Jose Mourinho has been beset by multiple setbacks, as Spurs stars Dele Alli and Japhet Tanganga will miss the match later this week, and it remains to be seen if Giovani Lo Celso will be available for selection.
As Rashford and Pogba have missed a chunk of games due to injury, they will surely be looking to prove a point and make up for lost time.
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