Cape Town - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Fred will do his
utmost to fill the gap in the Manchester United midfield left by the injured
Pogba has not played for his club since September 30 and,
speaking after United's 3-1 win at Norwich on Sunday, Solskjaer revealed it
would likely be a minimum of around five weeks before the 26-year-old was back
It means Fred, who has started all three of United's Premier
League fixtures in Pogba's absence, will keep his place in the side, and
Solskjaer has been happy with his performances.
The Brazilian has had a troubled time since Jose Mourinho
brought him to the club for a large transfer fee, and he has struggled to live
up to and justify such an outlay.
United legend Roy Keane even had a pop at the player during
his punditry for Sky Sports at the weekend, questioning the club's decision to
However, speaking ahead of his side's Carabao Cup clash with
Chelsea on Wednesday night, Solskjaer has jumped to the player's defence.
It remains to be seen whether he will start at Stamford
Bridge as Andreas Pereira is also an option, but the Reds boss is happy to call
"Fred will probably take Paul's position for a while
now," the Norwegian said. "That's been brilliant for us, but Andreas
has grown in the last few games. His energy and chasing and running he's a
different sort of (player) but he can play also in the central positions.
"There's no use talking about who's not going to be
here for a long, long time because he's not going to come on the pitch and help
us until he's fit.
"Paul's been brilliant and he is a creative midfielder
that we need, but then it is up to the others to step up."
United are known to be in the hunt for another midfielder
and have been linked with Christian Eriksen, so it will be interesting to see
what happens in the January transfer window.
Kick-off is at 22:05.