Pogba battling for fitness: Solskjaer

"The situation [with Pogba] is he finished the game, 90 minutes, fantastic", Solskjaer said. "He's a doubt, that's just the way it is".

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford suffering respective thigh and groin problems has compounded matters, while Paul Pogba could also miss the Arsenal game after suffering an ankle setback on his return against Rochdale.

Now, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he made a decision to hand the arm-band to the 21-year-old, despite senior players like Paul Pogba and Sergio Romero present in the lineup.

"He (Greenwood) has proved when he gets in the box he is unsafe", the United manager said. We didn't come enough between the lines but we did create chances.

"What's pleased me about him is he doesn't turn down chances to finish when you're not 18 yet and you keep trusting yourself. That's a different show out there - we had to get down, we had to get dirty and we had to match their battles", Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Adrian of Liverpool saves a goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane on September 28, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

"But I think United's defence will slightly outdo Arsenal's".

A clinical 4-0 victory over Chelsea on the opening weekend bode well for those at Old Trafford, but that result has not been used as a springboard for further success.

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"We're perhaps regarded as a top group but we do not wish to act as a top group, enjoying (like you ) when possible, yes but fighting in the manner of a challenger".

After a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sheffield United, Liverpool star Andrew Robertson has admitted that the fans can not expect them to dominate every single game.

He said: "We changed before the goal and Div was involved in the goal".

Daniel James stepped up and took the winning penalty to send United through to the last sixteen in a game which Solskjaer will certainly be relieved to have survived against tricky lower league opposition.

"It's about building relationships".

"It's not just signing players for the sake of it, you have to sign the right ones". We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great.

"If you're half a second earlier in your movement it's so much easier".

"You can see against Astana and Rochdale they want to impress and do well, and maybe they rush their finishing at times". "That's also down to some outstanding keepers out there".

  • Lawrence Cooper