Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Paul Pogba to return to his best this season, admitting that “to have him in form is vital”.
Pogba has been in and out of the starting line-up so far this season, having featured in seven Premier League games with four starts and three appearances off the bench.
The 27-year-old contracted Covid-19 at the start of the campaign, which hampered his pre-season preparation, but Solskjaer is confident that Pogba’s ‘fitness and rhythm’ is improving after he featured in three matches over the international break.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion, Solskjaer said: “Paul’s had a difficult season last season.
“He’s had Covid. Three games for France has helped him get his fitness and rhythm, I spoke to him and he feels stronger for it.
“I think he’s only going to improve and is a very important player and person for us – to have him in form is vital for us.”
Solskjaer also addressed the issue of United’s form at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils yet to win at home in the Premier League in four attempts so far this season.
United did beat RB Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford in the Champions League and Solskjaer believes the lack of home support is having an effect.
“Every game lives its own life,” he added. “The best game we’ve played was at home against Leipzig in the Champions League, so home and away not the same.
“In Norway we have a few hundred fans, but here it’s completely sterile.
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“We’re working on it, and the Everton game showed how we want to see it, very solid defensively, scored two fantastic team goals, creativity, and a great counter-attacking goal.”
United will be looking to get their first league win at home when they take on Salven Bilic’s side, with the Baggies currently in the relegation zone and without a win at all in eight games.