Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly faces a decision on whether or not to risk Paul Pogba in their Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night.
Solskjaer will consider leaving him out of his travelling squad for the trip to the Netherlands to save the midfielder for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle .
Pogba recently missed three games after initially suffering the injury against Southampton at the end of August, but he is reported to have played through the pain barrier on his return against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.
Yet he finished Monday’s clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford experiencing discomfort, leading to Solskjaer facing a decision on whether to risk him in Europa League action.
Marcus Rashford returned from a groin problem to play 90 minutes against the Gunners whilst there are hopes Luke Shaw will be back in midweek following his hamstring injury.
United have already confirmed that Anthony Martial will not be fit to return in the Netherlands after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury.
Phil Jones is also out with a knock picked up against Rochdale last week whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka is doubtful due to illness which caused him to miss Monday’s game.
Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes could be in line to return after injuries caused them to miss the last two games.
However, Pogba’s lingering ankle problem will be a cause for some concern.
The Frenchman came under-fire after Monday’s game despite claims he played through injury, with United legend Peter Schmeichal labelling him a “problem child”.
Schmeichel told Stadium Astro: “The way the ball is being moved around when Pogba is in the team is different to the pace the ball is being moved around when he’s not in the team.
“That is something I think they need to work on. If Pogba is playing in this team he needs to speed it up a bit.
“He was seriously slowing it down, in the first 25 minutes just basically playing the ball backwards. For a player of his calibre that was disappointing.
“I don’t understand what his role in this team is. Even when Ole made the substitutions and put Pogba further forward, not a lot happened.
“There were two very good passes in the game from Pogba but it’s two, it’s not 15. And I see that as a problem. He takes up so much attention.
“It kind of feels like he’s a problem child in this team.”