Injury cuts short Paul Pogba’s season
Paul Pogba might have played his last game for Manchester United. The France midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season, came off injured in the 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday and will take at least four weeks to recover, interim manager Ralf Rangnick said on Friday.
“I don’t think it is very likely that he will be able to play again (this season),” Rangnick told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Arsenal.
Pogba joined United in 2016 for a second spell at a club where he came through the academy, before moving to Juventus in 2012. He has struggled to reproduce the form he delivers on a more consistent basis for the French national team.
Midfielder Scott McTominay and defender Raphael Varane have recovered from injuries and will return for Saturday’s clash against Arsenal, while forward Cristiano Ronaldo is also available after missing the Liverpool game following the death of his newborn son.
Rangnick also backed new manager Erik ten Hag to succeed in the job. “We don’t know each other in person but from what I’ve seen of him with Bayern Munich (reserve team) and Ajax now, I like his football,” Rangnick said.
“I’m pretty positive with a full pre-season and having the chance to build and mould his own staff with a new team, we'll see a different team and improvement on the pitch.
“I knew he was a candidate and told the board from what I had seen that he would be a good choice.”
Rangnick, who was appointed in November until the end of the season with an agreement for a further two years as consultant, said he was focused on helping United in their last five games.