Rangnick reveals talks with Pogba over Man Utd return

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick says he spoke to Paul Pogba this week but expects the France midfielder to be a further four weeks away from a return to action.

The 63-year-old said he held a phone conversation on Tuesday with Pogba, who is undergoing warm-weather recovery work in Dubai following a thigh injury suffered on international duty last month.

Rangnick said: “He is better to come back today, and then we will get to know each other in person on Sunday. We had a telephone call for about 10 or 15 minutes.

“He told me he is getting better but obviously he is still not fully fit, so it will take another couple of weeks until he is fit for training again and then of course he has been idle for quite some time, so I guess it will take another couple of weeks to get match-fit.

“In the first instance it’s important he gets fully fit in order to be able to train with the rest of the group and then we have to develop him physically and tactically to be fit to play in the Premier League.”

Rangnick also revealed thathe has two or three selection “question marks” ahead of a Friday afternoon training session, with United heading to Norwich for a Premier League match on Saturday evening.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of them after the full-back sustained wrist and knee problems in the Champions League draw against Young Boys on Wednesday.

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic is suffering from a cold and is also a doubt.

Rangnick said the player had tested negative for Covid-19 and added: “I am still hoping that he can be available but we have to wait and see how he is.”

On what he expects from Norwich, Rangnick added: “They have improved since the change of managers. They play a little bit more direct, a little bit more vertical than they did with Daniel Farke.

“So it will be a challenge to play at Carrow Road but we want to improve our performance, we want to build on what we showed against Crystal Palace and hopefully get the next win tomorrow.”

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