Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Paul Pogba has resumed full training following his injury and is closing in on a return to action.
The German manager was impressed with the Frenchman during training, and has made clear that Pogba will have a role to play this season despite his contract running out at the end of the season.
In fact, Rangnick has claimed that the midfielder could be playing for a contract elsewhere when he returns to action.
“Well, it was the first training session yesterday after two-and-a-half months of injury and in this training session he showed, in every moment, when we played 6v6 or whatever we did in the rondos, that he’s an extraordinary player and that he can give a lot of positive input into the team, if he’s fully focused.” Rangnick told club media.
“I had a long conversation with him for more than an hour after the training session, a very good conversation. He committed himself until the end of the season.”
“Yes of course.” Rangnick answered when asked whether it was worth playing Pogba despite his contract running out in less than six months. “I also played Nemanja Matic in the last games and his contract is also expiring. By the way, my contract as a manager is also expiring in the summer.
“For us, we have the same goal. We have the same ambition to be as successful as we can possibly be in the next three or four months.
“For me it’s not a question if a player has an expiring contract, the question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group, how much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board.
“He [Pogba] wants to show up, he wants to show the fans of #mufc, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be and even if it’s only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that and why should I then not play him?”
United are in desperate need of reinforcements in the middle of midfield and Pogba’s return to the team would be a boost for the side that have lacked in performances in recent weeks.
The Frenchman was in fine form at the beginning of the campaign, which saw him register seven assists in the first fourth Premier League matches. Although, he was exciting in a more advanced position.
With Rangnick wanting his side to start controlling games, the return of Pogba could help the team stamp authority on matches; especially with a change of shape to a 4-3-3, which suits United’s no.6.
While he will not be available for the next couple of matches, United should benefit from when Pogba is back in the side, even if it is just for the remainder of the season.
The Reds are currently five points off West Ham in fourth, with two games in hand on The Hammers. Spurs, however, are a point in front of United, with two games in hand. Arsenal are also three points in front of Rangnick’s men.