Paul Pogba dilemma as Man Utd star faces Tottenham snub for several reasons

The wait to see Paul Pogba start his first game in nine months for Manchester United is set to continue, as the as the Frenchman will reportedly be on the bench against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils resume their season with a trip to Spurs on Friday evening and supporters had hoped to see Pogba start his first match since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal last September.

The 27-year-old's season has been plagued by ankle problems and he has made just eight appearances – but the coronavirus-enforced lockdown allowed for a return to full fitness.

Nonetheless, Pogba is understood to have to re-earn his place in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first XI.

The Norwegian is assembling a starting line-up without Pogba for the visit to north London, according to The Athletic, and he is aware the World Cup winner is still eyeing a move away from Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is also loath to upset the balance of a team which went 11 games unbeaten in all competitions before the break and closed the gap on the top four to just three points.

£47million January signing Bruno Fernandes proved a shrewd acquisition and claimed the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.

The Portugal star is highly-anticipated to form a partnership with Pogba but performed impressively in United's midfield on his own, scoring twice and assisting three times in the Premier League.

And the wait to see the duo link up in competitive action is set to continue in light of Pogba's benching.

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However, the former Juventus man may force his way back into Solskjaer's reckoning by proving his commitment to United.

Former Red Devils winger Adnan Januzaj claimed last week that his old teammate will stay at Old Trafford beyond this season.

"I think he will stay," Januzaj told Het Nieuwsblad. "Paul and I are still close. We have known each other since we were kids when we were in the United academy.

"Our families are also friends and we all keep in touch. That will never change."

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