Good news for Man United fans as Maguire and Pogba set to start against Chelsea

August 10, 2019
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The Red Devils will start their 2019/2020 season opener when they host the Blues on Sunday with Paul Pogba passed fit by the medics to start and Harry Maguire raring to go after his £80m signingfrom Leicester City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Manchester United new acquisition Harry Maguire and the recently injured Paul Pogba are set to start Sunday’s Premier League opener against Chelsea.

Maguire joined United on Monday for a reported £80 million ($97m) from Leicester City following a drawn-out transfer saga where his signing was made all the more necessary by a serious knee injury suffered by Eric Bailly at the end of July, ruling him out for up to five months.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba’s future has remained rather uncertain throughout the recently close season with speculation suggesting he missed Saturday’s friendly against AC Milan in an attempt to force through a move away from Old Trafford, rather than the “back spasm” Solskjaer said he was suffering from.

Nevertheless, Pogba is fit again and likely to start against Chelsea, with Maguire in line to make his first competitive appearance for the Red Devils.

Speaking to MUTV, Solskjaer said: “Harry has impressed me, very much so. He has come in as a presence.

“He is taller and bigger than I thought. He has come in as a real plus. He will have an impact on the rest of the boys.

“Harry is ready to play. I am sure he will put himself up, when I ask him on Sunday, if he is available, because he has played many games for Leicester over the pre-season. He has trained well and he has looked sharp when he has been here.

“Paul joined in, actually, the day after (the Milan friendly). I wasn’t going to risk him, travelling down with the flight, but he joined in the game against Blackburn the day after, behind closed doors here.

“He is available. All of the boys are fit. It was always our aim to get to the starting line with as many players as fit as possible. Of course, Eric’s injury is bad news, but the rest of them are available.”

United won all six of their pre-season matches over the summer, restoring the feel-good factor around the club after a dismal end to the 2018-19 campaign.

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