Paul Pogba is one of a number of Manchester United players back in training ahead of the Newcastle United match on Saturday.

The likes of Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick are possibles for Saturday, whilst Fellaini came on as a sub at Chelsea two weeks ago so is very likely to get a recall after looking Man Utd’s best player when he came on.

Phil Jones is another doubt for Joe Mourinho after picking up an injury against Germany and dropping out of the England squad for the game with Brazil.

There were encouraging noises for Manchester United fans about Paul Pogba but now the Telegraph report that they understand that Mourinho is going to take no risks with the French midfielder, so will give him more time before bringing him back, so will miss the Newcastle game.

On the face of it, Man Utd have two Premier League home games coming up that they will be expected to win comfortably, against Newcastle then Brighton.

Tougher looking assignments then follow with tricky trips to Watford and Arsenal, followed by the big one, a home game against Manchester City.

So no doubt Jose Mourinho will likely be thinking he has a little bit of time to play with before he needs to be getting the likes of Paul Pogba in position to face that trio.

After an average first season, many would say poor based on his purchase price. This season Pogba looked set to be worth every penny, as Manchester United matches their City rivals in the opening stages.

Scoring 14 goals in their first four matches, winning three and drawing one, Paul Pogba at the heart of everything and grabbing two goals and two assists in just the four games.

Since picking up 10 points from the first 12, it has been only 13 from the next 21, leaving them eight points behind Man City with Tottenham level on points with Man Utd and Chelsea only one behind.

With injury/fitness concerns on so many players and potentially Jose Mourinho concentrating more on what look trickier games ahead, Newcastle could just be visiting Old Trafford at the right time.

Another typical tight Newcastle defensive display and sneak a goal from somewhere – sounds like a plan.



  • Rich Lawson

    Well,thank God they don’t have a raft load of internationals to play instead,doh !!!

  • Paul Patterson

    So just the other 300m pound worth of talent to worry about then . .

  • 1957

    In other words Jose doesn’t think its necessary to have his best midfield player in the team against us

  • LA Toon

    “Defensive play and sneak a goal”…..sounds like the usual plan.

  • grantham mag

    They could play there reserve team and we would still struggle. park the bus, and hope !!!! we can nick a point.

  • ghostrider

    I’d rather Man Utd had everyone fit and used exactly the strongest team.
    It’s about pitting your wits and strength against the best teams as well as the rest.
    I just hope Rafa decides to give them a game of football.