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Pogba not ready to return - How Man Utd could line up against Real Sociedad

The Frenchman has missed the last couple of games due to injury after he was forced off against Everton

 
1:57pm on Wednesday 17th February 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Man Utd will once again be without Paul Pogba for this week's Europa League fixture against La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Against Everton in the Premier League, the World Cup winner was substituted after a thigh injury and has subsequently missed games against West Ham and West Brom.

The Red Devils only defeated West Ham 1-0, while they were uninspiring in a 1-1 draw versus West Brom, which highlights their need to get Pogba back as quickly as possible.

He could be set to miss another two weeks of action, though no confirmation has been given on a return date.

Dean Henderson should come in to replace David De Gea for this one, and it is probably just as much on merit as it is that he has been United's cup goalkeeper this campaign.

There could be a couple of changes at the back, with Alex Telles and Eric Bailly coming in for Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof respectively. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire should retain their places from the weekend.

Nemanja Matic is pushing for a start, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will likely stick with Fred and Scott McTominay in the middle of midfield.

The Norwegian boss has a decision to make with regards to Bruno Fernandes, as he'll want to keep the Portuguese maverick as fresh as possible for Premier League duties.

But, Real Sociedad present arguably one of the hardest draws Man Utd could have got in the last 32, so Solskjaer will likely go strong with his XI.

There will be no Donny van de Beek or Edinson Cavani, with Solskjaer confirming on Wednesday that neither player had travelled with the squad.

Marcus Rashford will start on the left, Mason Greenwood on the right, and Anthony Martial up top.

Man Utd predicted XI against Real Sociedad

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