Pogba, Pereira and Lindelof step up training at Cheshire cricket club

Manchester United stars Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira and Victor Lindelof step up training with session at local Cheshire cricket club ahead of proposed Premier League return next month

  • The trio also took part in a training session in a Cheshire field on Tuesday
  • There was no sign of striker Anthony Martial who took part in Tuesday’s session 
  • But the trio continued to work on physical fitness and dribbling and passing
  • Their second session this week comes amid talk of a possible June 19 restart 

Paul Pogba and some of his Manchester United team-mates stepped up their training regime – by training at a local cricket club in Cheshire on Thursday afternoon.

The France midfielder took part in drills with Anthony Martial, Andreas Pereira and Victor Lindelof in a Cheshire field on Tuesday.

And with the United players continuing to observe social distancing rules in their training, Pogba was joined by Pereira and Lindelof again on Thursday to gear up for a return to on-field action.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba stepped up training with a session at a cricket club

The Frenchman already took part in a session in a Cheshire field on Tuesday with team-mates

On Tuesday, the four United players took part in sprinting exercises as well as dribbling and passing drills, and it appears ball work with feet and head as well as physical fitness was once again on the agenda on Thursday.

French World Cup winner Pogba – wearing a rather showy top – has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, but has been building his fitness up ahead of the potential return of the Premier League next month.

And he was once again joined by a rather more casually dressed Pereira and Lindelof for what appeared to be a very similar session to Tuesday, although there appeared to be no sign of Martial.

The players’ second captured session of the week comes amid fears that the Premier League’s Project Restart is in a race against time, with kick-off potentially put back a week to June 19. 

And he was once again joined by centre-back Victor Lindelof at the Cheshire cricket club

Andreas Pereira was dressed more casually than the Frenchman for the physical session

The news came after video calls with Premier League captains and managers on Wednesday, which saw concerns raised over quick turnaround.

The managers in particular are understood to have questioned whether they would be ready for a return to action on June 12, highlighting concerns over their players’ fitness and as a result the quality of football they would be able to produce. 

Sportsmail understands the earliest date for resumption of full training is June 1, leading several managers to say that expecting them to be ready to play on June 12, after just nine or 10 days’ training, is unreasonable, particularly as rest days also have to be factored in.

The issue of players breaking down was also raised and as a result June 19 was suggested as a more realistic return date, a view which the Premier League agreed to consider.

Their second session comes amid news of a possible delay to the June 12 restart date

Premier League managers expressed their concerns about the short turnaround period

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