Ole Gunner Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to be available to to face Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
The midfielder was rested fpr Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley at the weekend, having previously missed three months with an ankle problem.
When asked if Pogba will be travelling down to London to face the Gunners, the Manchester United manager said: “Yeah, I would think so.”
United are likely to need the France World Cup winner for their trip to Arsenal as Scott McTominay is potentially facing up to eight weeks out.
Solskjaer is also hoping the new decade will bring better fortunes for the Red Devils.
The rise of derby rivals Manchester City in particular has added significantly to the Old Trafford club’s difficulties.
The last of United’s Premier League titles came at the end of the 2012-13 season and while two League Cup successes, an FA Cup win and a triumphant Europa League campaign have kept the trophy tally ticking over, current boss Solskjaer will be glad to see the back of the 2010s.
He said: “I’m going to make 2020 a good year for myself. I think we’re on the right track.
“We are in a transition period. We’ve seen other clubs do it and come out strong after a couple of years and we will consign this decade, definitely. That’s just in the nature of this club.”
United scored six goals in their two festive fixtures with Anthony Martial claiming three of them, Marcus Rashford two and teenager Mason Greenwood the other, their form in front of goal belatedly mitigating the summer sale of big-name striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.
Solskjaer has hinted that another frontman may well be a focus during the January transfer window, but the emergence of 18-year-old Greenwood has come as a huge bonus.
He said: “We always believed Anthony and Marcus were going to score goals, but Mason has filled a big void.
“He’s chipped in with goals, so I’m not worried about goals from centre-forwards. Mason’s on eight now, Marcus, I don’t know, 14 or 15? Anthony has quite a few.
“Romelu’s a good striker and he’ll always score goals, but it was time for him to move on. We didn’t find the right one outside our club, but we had Mason.”
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United were linked with Erling Braut Haaland in January but lost out on him to Borussia Dortmund.
They have also been tipped to launch a £50million move for Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Solskjaer has yet to comment on those rumours.