Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says French midfielder Paul Pogba has been out of action for so long he faces a real challenge to get fully fit and back in the team.Pogba, whose future at the club has been the subject of much speculation, is still recovering from an ankle injury that has restricted him to eight United appearances this season. He last featured in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.”Paul knows he has to work hard to get back to his best,” Solskjaer told British media. “He has been out now for so long now, it’s a challenge to get back into shape.” Pogba was not part of the United group that spent the mid-season break at a training camp in Spain but Solskjaer confirmed the 26-year-old was given permission to do his recovery work somewhere else.”He’s taken off his cast and started running on the treadmill now, so he’s getting closer,” said the Norwegian.When asked if Pogba would play for the club again he added: “Well of course, I’d like to say that as soon as he gets fit, he’ll be good enough to play for the team. I’m sure Paul’s desperate to play for us again.”United, who are ninth in the Premier League, trail fourth-placed Chelsea by six points with the clubs meeting at Stamford Bridge later on Monday.Topics :
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Press Association The South Korea international, who cost a reported £22million from Bayer Leverkusen towards the conclusion of the summer transfer window, has scored three goals in three games, all of which were victories, since his arrival. The latest was the only goal of the game in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace, a match in which he was consistently among Tottenham’s biggest threats, and it came four days after he scored twice in a 3-1 Europa League defeat of FK Qarabag. Spurs next host rivals Arsenal in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, but despite the potential intensity of the occasion, Son, after revealing that he first learned of the rivalry while playing in Germany, has revealed he is planning to mark his first North London derby with a further demonstration of his true ability. “I haven’t adapted to the Premier League yet,” Son said. “I want to do much better and prepare as well as I can. “I understand what the club invested in me. I’m getting a lot of help from my team-mates and coaches and that’s why I want to do even better. “I heard about the North London derby when I was in the Bundesliga. I want to prepare well and do well on Wednesday.” After Sunday’s victory, manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke of Son bringing Korean food to the training ground for his team-mates and the club’s staff, and the forward explained that he did so to thank them for their attempts in helping him to settle in London and that he is already planning on doing so again. “I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues and staff for welcoming me to Tottenham and I wanted to introduce Korean food and culture to the players,” he said. “That’s why I brought in it. “It was traditional Korean food including barbecue, seafood pancakes and various different foods from Korea. “They loved it so much, especially the coach, he had so many plates. He enjoyed it so much and the players as well. “I would like to do it again if there is a chance. “I ordered it from a very famous Korean restaurant in London. They organised everything. It is called Bibigo restaurant in Soho.” Son Hueng-min believes that he can considerably improve on the impressive form he has already shown since joining Tottenham.
Associated Press August 4, 2020 Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemic Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemic.