Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received some good news ahead of the pivotal run-in.
He has a trio of stars ready to roll.
Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial will all be available to play at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), with the former two missing the narrow victory against Watford and Martial scoring but coming off with a knock.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the trip to Wolves, Solskjaer revealed that Lindelof is ready and both Lukaku and Martial should be good to go.
“Both will be ready for tomorrow, definitely, unless they break down in training today,” Solskjaer confirmed.
As for Paul Pogba, the very public love-in between himself, Real Madrid and their new manager Zinedine Zidane has led to many believing that the French midfielder is getting ready to seal a move to the Spanish capital this summer.
Solskjaer quelled any talk of Pogba leaving.
“Paul is happy here, he’s playing well. There were talks about the international break and what kind of issues that causes,” Solskjaer said. “One of the issues is that the players are always available for the press. He answered a general question, about how any player would like to play for Real Madrid. He didn’t talk about himself. He’s happy here. Paul is a very nice and polite man who then answered a general question on any kids who … Zidane is an icon in France, he is a fantastic manager, he used to be a fantastic player – I played against him myself – and he’s just politely answered that question. But Paul’s happy here, he’s going to be a big, big part. I have always said you would like to build your team round him and that hasn’t changed at all.”
It seems like Pogba is perhaps trying to crank up the pressure on United to offer him a new deal this summer. If they do, he will likely sign it. If they don’t, expect Pogba’s contract situation to dominate the headlines for months to come.
Pogba is a fantastic player and has been in superb form for United since Solskjaer (his former reserve team coach) took charge, but if Real came in with a big bid for him this summer, it would be hard to turn it down. And if they did accept it, there are other players (David De Gea, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial) who are more important to this team than Pogba.