Ralph Rangnick will tell his Manchester United players that they will no longer be allowed to recover from injury away from the club’s Carrington training base after learning of Paul Pogba’s decision to spend time in Dubai after suffering a thigh problem.
Pogba has received permission from the club and former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to begin his rehabilitation at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex after sustaining an injury during the recent international break.
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Pogba spoke to his new interim boss Rangnick on Tuesday before returning to Manchester on Friday and speaking at a news conference before the trip to Norwich City, and the German indicated there would be a change of policy in the future.
“My previous clubs were always trying to make sure that rehabilitation should take place at the same club,” said Rangnick.
“As far as I can tell the medical department is really, really good, with many different approaches towards rehabilitation. I don’t want the players to rehabilitate abroad or anywhere else, but the decision was made for Paul before I came.
“In the future, and I’ve already spoken to the medical department, I want injured players, and I hope we don’t have long-term injuries, but if we have them in the future, I want them to stay here.”
Pogba has missed the last six matches after being injured during shooting practice while on duty with France and despite his return to Engan, Rangnick expects it will be “a week” before he is available again.
The 28-year-old’s contract will expire in the summer and from January 1 he will be able to negotiate terms with clubs outside the Premier League, but Rangnick insists he should not convince the World Cup winner of his desire to stay at Olde. Trafford.
“I wouldn’t say he doesn’t deserve to keep him, but of course the players have to play and stay for a club and a big club like Manchester United,” said the United boss.
“If a player doesn’t want to play for a team like Manchester United, in the medium or long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.
“This is a huge club with such great support from the fans, I don’t think anyone at the club should try to convince a player to stay.
“Let’s go back, get him back in shape, train with the team and then see where we stand.”