Paul Pogba hoping to take advantage of Manchester United injury concerns with start against Liverpool to prove he deserves new £350,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford 

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  • Paul Pogba could make his side debut against Liverpool due to injury concerns
  • Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Fred in doubt for Manchester United
  • Frenchman doesn’t start during mid-week return, wins over Atalanta
  • Pogba is hoping to prove he is worth a new £350,000-a-week deal at the club

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Paul Pogba stands up to a Manchester United recall against Liverpool as he tries to convince the club he is worth a new £350,000-a-week contract.

Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Fred have all been facing fitness tests of late, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to call on Pogba, who helped him after last weekend’s 4-2 loss at Leicester. Was dropped from the starting line-up against Atalanta.


It represents a huge opportunity for the French World Cup-winning midfielder, who was the most expensive player in the Premier League when he joined United in 2016 for £89 million.

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Paul Pogba could be in line to debut for Manchester United against Liverpool at Old Trafford

The Frenchman started on the bench in mid-week for a 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta

The Frenchman started on the bench in mid-week for a 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta

He’s rarely lived up to that superstar billing on the pitch and, looking to move to Real Madrid or Juventus, he is now in a position to persuade United to keep on premium pay beyond this final year of his deal. Worth it.

“I can’t comment on the conversation between Paul and the club, but of course if Paul is happy here it’s great because we get the best football from him, as is every single player here,” Solskjaer said.

‘We need to give everything everyone has and when you see the reaction from the Atalanta game, Paul’s fist pumps when we block (Pogba came in as a substitute), everyone is giving that for the team. is what they can do.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Pogba's recent performance and his commitment to the team

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Pogba’s recent performance and his commitment to the team

‘Paul is doing the same and I have to praise him for that.’

United could close the gap on Liverpool by one point if they beat their rivals today – but will be seven points behind if they lose. ‘We’ve lost points lately that we’re not happy with. We have to take it from here and go really, really,’ Solskjaer said.

‘There is no time to lose because even though it is a long season, the teams we are competing against will not give you a lot of options to catch them.’


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