Solskjaer: Pogba must improve his fitness level this week



New Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on Paul Pogba and his teammates to upgrade their performance level ahead of their upcoming game against Tottenham Hotspur.

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The Reds have just returned from their Dubai trip and are hopeful of positive results in this weekend’s away match against Spurs.

Having enjoyed a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, Solskjaer said results from the encounter with Tottenham, who are also contending for a place among the Top 4, will be unpredictable till the end of 90 minutes. The Premier League action is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the tough game against Tottenham, Solskjaer told Manchester United TV in faraway Middle East that Marcos Rojo’s injury is a big blow to the squad, adding that some other players have challenges that may affect the end result.

‘Marcos is no longer with the team. He sustained injury and had to go home…His injury is taking longer time than we expected,’ Solskjaer said. Due to recurring injuries, Marcos has featured thrice as a first team player since the start of this season. His last game was on 8 December, when United thrashed Fulham 4-1.

The caretaker manager said Fred’s partner is having a baby and will most likely miss the match. In last weekend’s 2-0 drubbing of Reading in the FA Cup, the player who joined United last summer played only 62 minutes—his second first XI start under Solskjaer.

On Paul Pogba, Solskjaer said: ‘I’m hoping that Pogba will regain his fitness level…He really needs to get on his feet during the week.’

The France international sustained injury during their 2-0 triumph against Newcastle United and had to miss United’s third-round game against the Royals. Pogba stayed back in Manchester for treatments before joining his teammates in Dubai on Monday. He has recovered fully and is set to make history against Tottenham on Sunday.

A win against Spurs will mark United’s sixth straight victory in all competitions under Solskjaer.