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Solskjaer defends Pogba’s professionalism as he nears return

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Paul Pogba's professionalism and says the Manchester United midfielder will be like a "new world-class signing" when he returns to fitness.

The 24 year old has suffered numerous injuries during his time at Old Trafford and that has slowly turned him into an unreliable player.

The France worldwide this week finished a period of rehabilitation in Miami, where he was filmed playing basketball with NBA player Jimmy Butler.

United were still without the services of Scott Mctominay and Paul Pogba, as Fred started alongside Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata for the game at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has not set any specific goal targets for any of his players, calling it "counter-productive".

"And, as I've already said, it will be like signing a new player before the transfer window opens".

Solskjaer said Pagba would not be fit for Sunday's home clash against Aston Villa.

United's midfield was often overrun, with Villa's midfelders having far too much time on the ball to pick out their passes.

Pogba added, "It speeds up his recovery and lets see how long he will be fit and available".

"Of course we've got to work on different things".

"Today it was end to end, we were exciting going forward but we should have controlled the game more".

"Sunday, no. Tottenham? I cannot say now, because I did not go home and saw him, let's see where he is when he comes back and start training with us".

While they have hardly been convincing of late, the Red Devils will still back themselves to maintain their strong record against this opposition.

The England worldwide played a key part in his side's opening goal, finding ample space to head onto Heaton for the opener.

"They've come from a good win on Monday night and we're preparing hard for it".

However, the Villa winger picked up an injury 18 minutes in vs United and had to be replaced by David Trezeguet.

"The response after they scored two was also good".

Victory would have lifted United to fifth, just six points behind Chelsea, but a second successive league draw moved them to only ninth. Of course, I'm disappointed with that 10-minute spell, you could feel pressure was coming. I don't want to use that as an excuse because we are Man United and we want to get a run together.

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