Jose Mourinho has confirmed ahead of the international break that Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo are edging closer to returning to action for Manchester United.
Pogba has been out of action with a hamstring injury since September and some reports suggested he could return for the clash with Chelsea, but the game came slightly too soon for the Frenchman.
Rojo, on the other hand, has been sidelined with knee ligament damage since April, but Mourinho recently claimed that he expects the defender to return following the November international break.
And the Portuguese, speaking after the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, noted that the pair were on course to return ahead of a busy Christmas period.
“We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,” he said.
“They have to work every day but they are in a good position now. Pogba, Ibra [Ibrahimovic], Rojo, [Marouane] Fellaini – they are in good positions, so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position.”
For about a month, United have been operating at about sixty per cent. That is how it’s felt, at least.
While Manchester City, replete with world class options all over the pitch, eviscerate all before them, Mourinho’s men, with both Pogba and Marouane Fellaini absent, look dangerously incomplete and predictable.
Something has to change, and the return of Pogba and Rojo will serve to reinvigorate United’s creative impetus in midfield and, perhaps just as importantly, add an extra element of assurance at the back.