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Paul Pogba to return for Manchester United FC on Sunday

Jose Mourinho told reporters that Paul Pogba, who missed the last two matches due to the death of his father, will feature at Old Trafford in Manchester United FC’s final Premier League match of the season

football Updated: May 19, 2017 20:35 IST
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Manchester United FC's Paul Pogba is the world’s most expensive player and Jose Mourinho will have big plans for him in the upcoming Europa League final match against Ajax.(Reuters)

Paul Pogba will return for Manchester United FC for Sunday’s Premier League home game against Crystal Palace after missing the last two matches due to the death of his father, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

The Portuguese is focusing on next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Dutch side Ajax and is set to field a youthful team for the largely meaningless final game of the Premier League season.

With United sixth in the domestic league and unable to finish in the top four, the Europa League is Mourinho’s only hope of securing Champions League football next season.

But he told reporters that midfielder Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, would feature at Old Trafford.

“Paul Pogba is fine. Strong guy. Strong mentality. He needs to play on Sunday because he has not trained or played for a while,” Mourinho said after the Frenchman joined the players at an open training session.

The manager said he did not know whether England striker Wayne Rooney would feature.

Chris Smalling would be absent, and missed training on Friday, but is expected to be fit for Wednesday while Marouane Fellaini was “a question mark” with United waiting on a scan after he suffered a hamstring injury.

“Tim Fosu-Mensah plays Sunday and if the reaction is good and if he manages to play the game without problems, then he’s an option for us for the final,” said Mourinho.

First Published: May 19, 2017 20:35 IST