Paul Pogba hands Man Utd an injury worry ahead of Manchester derby


The midfielder is expected to be passed fit, but no decision will be made until after tomorrow’s training session

ByDavid McDonnellSports Journalist

Pogba has a slight problem and trained indoors today, separate from the rest of the first-team squad.

The midfielder is expected to be passed fit, but no decision will be made until after tomorrow’s training session.

Marouane Fellaini or Fred could come into midfield if Pogba is not passed fit for the Etihad Stadium clash.

French international Pogba scored the winner in United’s 2-1 Champions League success against Juventus in midweek.

And it was he who inspired United to their 3-2 comeback victory at the Etihad last season, scoring twice during a barnstorming second half display.

United hope that Pogba will be fine to take his place at the heart of midfield, as they look to build upon successive late wins, in Turin and last weekend at Bournemouth.

Alexis Sanchez, also crucial in the win over City in April, did train on Friday despite having suffered a minor thigh injury in Italy.

The Chilean appears to be in pole position to lead the attack against the champions, despite Romelu Lukaku’s return to training.

The Belgian will again train on Saturday, before Jose Mourinho decides whether to put him in his squad.

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Asked if United, who have won their last three games with a more attacking approach, will go toe-to-toe with City on Sunday Mourinho said: “We are going to try.

“I cannot say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two difficult matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results.

“Even if the good results were not in our pockets, the performances were there, the positive attitude was there, so we are going to try but City are a very powerful team.

“If we draw the gap is still nine points, if we lose it’s 12.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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