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£300,000-a-week Man United injured playmaker will miss the PL clash

Red Devils coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled Paul Pogba out of the Manchester derby but says Anthony Martial is ready to feature. France international hasn’t played since September and has been undergoing rehabilitation in Miami during the last month to overcome a foot injury.

Pogba was heavily linked with Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, but finally, he decided to stay at Old Trafford.

Paul had been earmarked for a return in early December, but the Norwegian manager has ruled him out of the clash at Man City and instead says he hopes to have him available by the end of the month. Anthony missed Red Devils 2-1 victory over Tottenham after being forced off in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa three days earlier.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer initially said Martial would be out for ‘a little while’ but says the forward will feature at Etihad. ‘We hope to have Anthony definitely for part of the game, not sure if he’s able to start, Paul won’t be, no,’ he said. ‘As soon as possible, he’s out on the grass training,’ said Solskjaer. ‘I said in 2019, so hopefully before the New Year.’

The 24-year-old attacker is more likely to accept a place on the bench, and the Norwegian tactician may be tempted to name an unchanged side after his team put in their best display of the campaign with Spurs. Man City, however, have had an extra 24 hours recovery time to the Reds and this may impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thinking.