Paul Pogba could be back in contention for Manchester United’s clash against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night.
The midfielder missed the win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with a blow he picked up in his last international game for France, but trained with his teammates on Monday before Tuesday’s Champions League showdown.
Solskjaer said: “We hope that [Pogba] he will be available, he trained this morning, we will see if there is any reaction when we report tomorrow ”.
United will not feature Jesse Lingard, as Solskjaer revealed that the 27-year-old isolates himself by being in contact with someone who has Covid-19.
The England international will have to stay out of the game along with Phil Jones and Luke Shaw, who are out with injuries. Shaw suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-1 win against Everton before the international break and is expected to miss a few more games.
“I hope it’s close to four weeks,” Solskjaer replied when asked about the deadline for Shaw’s return. “But with a recurrence of hamstring injuries you can’t risk anything and he’s not trained with us, we’ll see how he reacts to the program he’s on and how much he eats, hopefully four, but maybe closer to five or six.”
One player in contention to start is Anthony Martial. The Frenchman enjoyed his best goal return last season scoring 23 in all competitions, yet he is struggling during the current campaign scoring just two goals in eight appearances.
Speaking about Martial’s form, Solskjaer said: “I thought he took great strides to become a forward that we know he can be, and again Anthony is no different from other players on that team in that he has not had a preseason as usual. and it is working to prepare you for your best form.
“He had a three-game suspension so he lost too much football, he scored against Basaksehir last time, a good header and we hope he continues to work hard to get back to his best level.
“Now is the time to take even greater steps, to develop more. He scored 23, I don’t know, 24 goals last season, which was a great return. Every season is a challenge and you can’t rest on your laurels as a left-back, right-back or center forward at Manchester United, there are demands at every position. We want Anthony to continue. “