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Manchester United: Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay could return this week

Manchester United: Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay could return this week

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided a positive injury update on two of his midfielders.

Manchester Evening News reported quotes from the Norwegian saying that both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay could return to action in the next week following recent injuries.

According to Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer has said that Pogba won’t be back in time for tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of him featuring against Tottenham in midweek, with the manager adding that McTominay could “hopefully” return for the Aston Villa match.

Pogba has had his season interrupted by a lingering ankle injury which has kept him out of action for the last two months, with his most recent appearance coming against Arsenal at the end of September.

McTominay has also been sidelined with an ankle injury, having missed the games against Sheffield United and Astana this week.

Prior to their respective injuries, both midfielders were regulars in Manchester United’s line-up, with Pogba starting five of the first seven league games of the season and McTominay in the team for the first 12 Premier League matches before last week’s trip to Bramall Lane.

Fred and Andreas Pereira started in central midfield for the Red Devils that evening and their performances drew scorn from some ex-Old Trafford players, with both Paul Scholes and Gary Neville criticising their displays against the Blades.

Pogba and McTominay should offer a greater attacking threat from the midfield area once they return, with the former getting two assists in 540 minutes this season before his injury and the latter scoring three goals and setting up another one. [via TransferMarkt]

Fred and Pereira have both played more than 1,000 minutes in 2019/20, with just one assist for the former and a goal and and an assist for the latter. [via TransferMarkt]

Pogba and McTominay would also be likely to improve Manchester United’s passing game once they return. The Frenchman’s average of 73.6 passes per game is the highest in Solskjaer’s squad, with the Scot averaging 49.8 passes per game. [via WhoScored]

The respective match averages for Fred and Pereira are 43.9 and 26.2 respectively, with the latter’s 72% accuracy also the lowest success rate of the four midfielders. [via WhoScored]

Manchester United have just the eighth highest number of passes per game of all Premier League teams this season, with their match average of 483.5 working out at 44 per player.

With both Pogba and McTominay exceeding that average, and Fred and Pereira falling below it, the returning duo should look good to resume the places in the starting line-up which they held prior to their respective injuries.

Fred and Pereira could soon pay a heavy price for their displays against Sheffield United last weekend by finding themselves out of the team.

Manchester United fans, should Pogba and McTominay both come straight back into the team once they are fit enough to return? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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