Real Madrid - Liga - 19 October 2019

Real Madrid - Liga - 19 October 2019

However, Solskjear was not concerned about the image of Zidane and Pogba surfacing in the media this week.

Solskjaer said: "It's a picture".

Manchester United's Paul Pogba looks dejected while in action.

La Liga is back this weekend after a two-week worldwide break, and this is a big Saturday for the leaders who must find a way to play better and win on the road to stay top of the table with El Clásico just a week away and their biggest rivals ready to take first place.

Los Blancos have endured a mixed start to the season and Zidane's long-term admiration of Pogba suggests he is unlikely to give up his hopes of signing the World Cup victor to bolster his midfield.

Zidane was keen to bring Pogba to the Bernabeu in the summer - and is reportedly still set on getting the France global - but Solskjaer says the midfielder plays a key role in his United vision.

"Paul is part of our plan going forward and Paul knows that".

"He has been playing through the pain barrier".

"He gets criticised but he came back for the Rochdale and Arsenal when he could not have played".

"Then there is a picture and being at Manchester United you do get pictures and speculation - but I don't have any problem with that at all". He's mending, he's recovering.

He will miss United's match against rivals Liverpool on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, but Solskjaer provided a positive update on the fitness of his No 1. "We should not be looking for excuses to see who it benefits, we will play when we're told to", he pointed out.

Zidane has gone for one of his more attacking line-ups in recent memory, deciding to play Casemiro as the holding midfielder with five attacking-minded players in front of him: Isco and James Rodriguez in midfield, with a front three of Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic. "But it's not as bad as feared".

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