Manchester United caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that Paul Pogba is fit to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.
There had been fears earlier in the week that the French player might not be fit for the game, after receiving a heavy challenge from Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey in their last league fixture at Saint James’ Park.
United left Pogba at home for treatment, while the rest of the team flew out to Dubai on a training tour on Monday, but the 2018 World Cup winner later joined the team.
The Norwegian boss confirmed that the former Juventus man will be available for the crucial tie, as United aim to cut the 10-point gap between them and Spurs, in the chase for a top-four finish.
He also said the players have adapted to different types of tests, depending on the type, since he took over at Old Trafford.
“He looked okay towards the end so he’ll be fit,’ said Solskjaer. He did have some problems but came through the last couple of sessions well,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve had tests. Newcastle away is a test and the first game (at Cardiff) how everyone reacted is a test. The first home game with the crowd is a test. Every single game you get tested, but this is against a top, top side. If we want to go closer and get past them, we need a good performance and a good result.
“You always adapt to any opponent. They are one of best in the league so we have to be aware of their strengths. But we need to attack teams, that is our strength – going forward, attacking. We have to.
“We are not going to get as many chances to attack against these as we had before so when we have the ball we have to be ready to play well with it and we have to use the whole pitch because Wembley is a decent size pitch as well”.
On speculations tipping Spurs’ coach, Mauricio Pochettino, as favourite to take over his job at the club on permanent basis, the former United player said it is because the Argentine has “done well” at White Hart Lane.
He added, “He’s done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well, but it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”
On how he plans to contain Harry Kane, he added: “He’s not bad is he? He is a fantastic goal scorer and one of the best in the world, but I have got a couple that I’m happy to work with.
“He is a top professional. Sure, whoever plays with him and trains with him can talk more about him, but from the outside he is a fantastic finisher. He never misses chances so let’s make sure he doesn’t get any against us.”
The coach will be look to secure his sixth straight win since taking over the job in December and, United’s first away victory over Tottenham since 2012.