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.