Paul Pogba is set to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a welcome boost by returning from injury for Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie against Rochdale at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old has been absent for United’s last three games after suffering an ankle injury during the 1-1 draw against Southampton at the start of September.
United’s results without Pogba have been mixed as they followed up 1-0 victories over
Leicester City and Astana with a 2-0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
The France international is set to feature over the coming week, though, with Solskjaer insisting he is ‘definitely’ in line to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday morning, Solskjaer said: ‘He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale. But we definitely think he’s ready for Arsenal.’
Another player in contention to play against Rochdale is Mason Greenwood after he missed the West Ham game with tonsillitis after scoring his first senior goal against Astana.
However, Solskjaer is still without a number of first-team players with Marcus Rashford joining Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly on the sidelines after injuring his groin.
Prior to sustaining an ankle problem, Pogba had been ever-present for United this season, providing two assists in four Premier League matches.
Despite speculation over his future in the summer, United are preparing a new contract offer for the Frenchman who has two years remaining on his existing deal.
United have the option of extending Pogba’s contract by a further year but are keen to commit him long-term with Solskjaer seeing him as integral to his future plans.