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Paul Pogba in doubt; Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez to start in Man United’s FA Cup date with Reading

Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, and Fred could all start against Reading.

SNS | New Delhi |


France’s attacking mid-fielder Paul Pogba could be forced to miss the FA Cup clash with Reading for Manchester United, but Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will start.

On Saturday, during Man United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Pogba was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Jonjo Shelvey.

Talking about Pogba, caretaker manager OIe Gunnar Solskjaer said, “I’m not sure if Paul is going to be ready,” before adding, “He got a knock against Newcastle.”

“If [Marouane] Fellaini gets through the session [on Friday] it’s more or less a full squad. There will be a few changes and they’ll get a chance. Some of them are itching now to play of course,” Manchester United boss said in a press conference.

OIe Gunnar Solskjaer further said, “Lukaku and Sanchez will start. That’s important for them because they need more game time.”

Meanwhile, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, and Fred could all start against Reading.

“I’ve got to know everyone, I’ve had plenty of time to speak with them but not much time to train,” Solskjaer added. “If any of the players think it’s a holiday they’re wrong.

“We’re there to stick together, to work hard on the physical part of it ahead of the Tottenham game.”

The transfer window is open and if Manchester United decided to add a new name in their squad, Solskjaer, who is under contract at Old Trafford until the end of the season, insists he will have his say.

“I’m sure they’ve got their targets,” Solskjaer said, before adding “I’m here to voice my opinion on that and I’m sure we’ll sit down – me and Ed [Woodward] – if we’ve got anything in the pipeline.

“I’m here to work with the ones I’ve got. They’ve all performed and as long as they perform they should get a chance but that’s my job, to improve players and individuals,” Solskjaer insisted.