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Dubious exclusive on Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba involvement on Saturday

4 years ago

Much of the talk in the lead up to Saturday’s game at old Trafford has been about Manchester United players heading back from injury, especially Paul Pogba.

He started the season on fire with goals and assists, plus creating a great platform for the likes of Lukaku to get goals.

Manchester United were averaging more than three goals a game and Lukaku scoring for fun.

Paul Pogba has been missing for over two months and Ibrahimovic all season, yet an ‘exclusive’ on Thursday morning claims that both players could be on the bench against Newcastle.

The ‘exclusive’ is from The Sun and has been picked up and repeated by many other newspapers, as being breaking news that the pair are set to be involved.

However, all the previous reports/claims has been that Ibrahimovic is nowhere near coming back and playing first team football, whilst they are going to be extra careful with Paul Pogba and ensure he isn’t risked, as after playing Newcastle and Brighton at home, Man Utd have far tougher looking games ahead – with Watford and Arsenal away, then the big one of Man City at home.

The ‘exclusive’ seems simply to be taking the fact that both players are back training, which everybody knew about anyway, then using that to suggest it could mean the players could then be included in the squad on Saturday.

With no warm up games it would surely be inconceivable that Mourinho would risk two such vital players and indeed, Marcos Rojo played 45 minutes for the Man Utd reserves yesterday, yet he also won’t be involved on Saturday as he comes back from injury as well.

With Phil Jones now also ruled out, it clearly won’t be Manchester United’s best team that Newcastle will face on Saturday, though obviously a decent team nonetheless.

The Sun ‘Exclusive’:

‘Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are back in full training with the Manchester United first team.

Now both players are pushing for a place on the bench against Newcastle on Saturday.

Their return would be a big boost as Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho aims to close an eight-point gap on Manchester City — and prepare for next week’s Champions League trip to Basel.

Pogba has missed 12 games since limping out of United’s 3-0 home win over Basel back in September.

Ibra, 36, injured a cruciate knee ligament in April and was initially released but Mourinho convinced him to return and his recovery has defied the odds.’


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