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.
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.”
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.
Atletico Madrid might once have relished the
challenge of resisting an opponent like Liverpool, but reaching the
Champions League’s quarterfinals will require a performance not yet seen
from them this season.
Diego Simeone’s side are no longer the
same Atletico famed for their inch-perfect defence, relentless work
ethic and a knack for grinding down even the most assured, attacking
Instead, they are 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid
in La Liga and last week sat sixth, a reflection of a deflating few
months during which their old identity has blurred and their esteemed
coach been questioned.