Manchester United face Chelsea tonight in a pivotal Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
With a top four place at stake, both teams know three points will be vital in their quest to secure Champions League football next season.
Indeed, finishing a place below may even be enough to qualify after the news that UEFA have banned Manchester City from European football for two seasons – meaning if City finish in the top four, fifth place in the Premier League will secure qualification.
Before the winter break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were beaten by Liverpool and Burnley, before being held to goalless draw by Wolves, so the Red Devils will want improvement when they travel to west London.
United will hope to welcome back several players from injury after their mini-break, although some key stars will still be on the treatment table.
Ahead of the clash in west London, we take a look at the United players who will and won’t be fit.
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Pogba made a substitute appearance in the Boxing Day clash against Newcastle, but has not played since after suffering ankle and foot problems.
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Solskjaer stated that Pogba would definitely be missing the Chelsea game in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
“Paul knows he has to work hard to get back to his best,” said Solskjaer.
“He has been out now for so long now, it’s a challenge to get back into shape.”
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus in recent days, and when asked whether the midfielder would ever play for United again, Solskjaer replied: “Well of course, I’d like to say that as soon as he gets fit, he’ll be good enough to play for the team.
“I’m sure Paul’s desperate to play for us again. I don’t have to justify every decision.
“Paul is still on his recovery programme. He’s taken off his cast and…