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Paul Pogba causes Ralf Rangnick to quickly rip up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rule at Man Utd

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The German has spoken out on Solskjaer’s decision to allow Paul Pogba to recover from his current thigh problem in Dubai, with the Frenchman set to return to Manchester this weekend

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has wasted little time in altering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach to treating injured players.

The German has spoken out on Solskjaer’s decision to allow Paul Pogba to recover from his current thigh problem in Dubai, with the Frenchman set to return to Manchester this weekend and meet Rangnick for the first time on Sunday.

Solskjaer would often allow Pogba and other players who were recovering from longer-term problems to take trips away and do their rehab elsewhere, with Pogba heading for the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai to try and recover from the thigh injury he suffered on France duty last month.

Rangnick isn’t a fan of that approach though, and says it won’t be repeated under his watch.


My former clubs were always trying to make sure the rehab should take place in the club itself,” Rangnick said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Norwich City..

“As far as I can tell the medical department is really good, very good, with many different approaches towards rehab.

“I would not want players to do their rehab abroad or anywhere else, but the decision on Paul was taken before I came.

In the future, and I have already spoken to the medical department, I want players with injuries, and hopefully we don’t get long-term injuries, but if we have them in the future I want them to stay here.”

Rangnick believes Pogba still faces another month on the sidelines, with the midfielder having not played for the club since he was sent off in the 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool in October.

The former Juventus man’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and Rangnick has warned him that he’ll need to get up to speed quickly in order to play for his side

We spoke over the phone on Tuesday,” he said.

“He was still in Dubai, he is expected to come back today and then we get to know each other in person on Sunday.

“We have had a telephone call.

He told me he is getting better but, obviously, he is still not fully fit. From what I have heard so far, it will take another couple of weeks until he can train again.

“And then he has been out for quite some time, so then it will take another couple of weeks to get him match-fit.

“But in the first instance now, it is important he gets fully fit in order to be able to train with the rest of the group and then we have to develop him physically and technically to also be fit to play in the Premier League.”

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