Paul Pogba to miss Manchester United’s Europa League clash vs AZ Alkmaar with ankle injury

Paul Pogba to miss Manchester United’s Europa League clash vs AZ Alkmaar with ankle injury
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Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Thursday’s Europa League fixture vs AZ Alkmaar though injury – despite only just returning from the sidelines.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his 21-man squad have travelled to the Netherlands without the midfielder, who continues to deal with an ankle injury.

Paul Pogba has started matches against Rochdale and Arsenal in the past week

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Paul Pogba has started matches against Rochdale and Arsenal in the past week

Pogba’s ankle knock forced him to miss two games, but he returned for the Red Devils against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup last week.

The Frenchman also played the full 90 minutes of United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday.

However, Pogba appears to have had a setback with the club saying he ‘requires a period of further rest and conservative treatment for the foot injury’.

The injury blow also means Pogba is a doubt for Sunday’s trip to struggling Newcastle.

The 26-year-old is yet to score this season amid transfer speculation linking him with moves to Juventus and Real Madrid.

In June, Pogba admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’, but United’s £150million valuation was not met and he remained at Old Trafford.

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On Tuesday, Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel described Pogba as the club’s ‘problem child’.

He told Optus Sport: “The way the ball is being moved around when Pogba is in the team, is different to the pace the ball is being moved around when he’s not in the team, and that is something they need to work on.

“In the first 25 minutes [against Arsenal] he was just basically playing the ball backwards and, for a player of his calibre, that’s disappointing.

“It kind of feels like he is the problem child in this team. I’m not saying he’s doing everything wrong, I’m more confused about what his job is. What is it that he’s going to do for this team?”