Pogba still missing for Man Utd as De Gea also absent from training

The duo appear to be unavailable for the Europa League clash with Partizan Belgrade although Jesse Lingard has been set to return

Paul Pogba and David de Gea missed training on Wednesday ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.

World Cup-winner Pogba has not played since September 30 due to a toe injury but there had been suggestions he could be fit for the clash in Serbia.

De Gea starred in United’s 1-1 Premier League draw with leaders Liverpool on Sunday but failed to appear for the open section of training at Carrington.

Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot and Axel Tuanzebe were also absent, with all four having been unavailable for the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Old Trafford.

It’s unclear when Pogba will finally make his return although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to have him back as soon as possible, with an away fixture against Norwich City to follow after Thursday’s European outing.

Speculation was rife over the midfielder’s future throughout the summer, with Pogba having openly admitted that it could be time for him to seek a new challenge away from the Premier League club.

He failed to secure an Old Trafford exit, however, with Real Madrid – whose manager Zinedine Zidane remains a keen admirer of the former Juventus star – having been interested.

Indeed, the 26-year-old was pictured with Zidane while he continued his recovery from injury in Dubai over the international break, with Solskjaer forced to deny he had any issue with the chance encounter.

Despite the injury issues the Norwegian has been contending with at present, there was some better news regarding the fitness of Jesse Lingard.

The England midfielder made an appearance in training on Wednesday following a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring problem and he could well make his return in Belgrade.

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Youngster Brandon Williams, who made his European bow for the club in the Europa League draw with AZ, could also start having been introduced as a late substitute against Liverpool.

Anthony Martial has been another who has been likely to be in from the off against Partizan, with the Frenchman having only recently returned from injury and Solskjaer undoubtedly keen to build up his match fitness.

United lie second in Group L, level on points with Partizan, after a win over Astana and a draw with AZ Alkmaar in their first two group-stage matches of the competition.



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