“Paul Pogba had his first day of training with the whole group yesterday,” said Ralf Rangnick in his pre-Brentford press conference.
“And in the first training session, he showed what an extraordinary player he could be.
“He will not be available for the two games this week but hopefully after the international when we have the cup game against Middlesbrough and the away game against Burnley, I think he could be an option.”
The Manchester United boss was then asked for an update on the midfielder’s future and he replied: “I don’t know, I can’t answer because it’s not me dealing with this, I’m not negotiating future contracts with players.
“But what you could see from the very first day in training yesterday is he’s present, physically present, mentally present.”
“And what I saw in training yesterday is very promising for the future and I very much look forward to have him available in two weeks’ time after the international break.
“I think he will be a serious candidate for the first XI.”
Pogba has been ruled out with a thigh injury since last November but it’s great to hear that he’s nearing recovery.
The Frenchman began 2021-22 on a stellar note but struggled to maintain that momentum. As far as his future is concerned, he’s denied reports of being offered a bumper new contract by the club.
Paul’s current deal expires at the end of this season, with PSG believed to be keen on signing him for free.