Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick train with reserves

Pogba Rojo

But Pogba has remained at Carrington in a bid to return in time to feature against Rafael Benitez's side at Old Trafford on Saturday week and was joined at training by Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick.

The news will come as a huge boost to Mourinho as the United boss tries to close the gap on Manchester City after falling 8 points adrift of the league leaders following last weekend's defeat at Chelsea.

The news that Pogba could return for United's game against Newcastle United on November 18 will be music to the ears of Mourinho.

United's players will welcome Pogba back with open arms following what has been a tough period for the club.

Carrick has made just one appearance so far this season after being struck down by a mystery virus that has been hard to shift but the midfielder could be set to make his return to action over the coming weeks. OK, United still have the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to factor in, and at 30, Mertens is not a long term option for the Red Devils - but for £25 million, Mourinho may just feel that is worth expending as the goals Mertens could bring may just be the difference between losses turning into draws, and draws into vital wins. That's the difference he makes.

Paul Pogba has stated that Manchester United and France teammate, Anthony Martial is one of the best players he has played with.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's fellow France worldwide Anthony Martial.

Pogba had started the season on an impressive note before he suffered an injury in United's 3-0 UEFA Champions League victory against FC Basel on September 12.

"Anthony is a big, big, big talent".

The 24-year-old hailed his compatriot as "one of the best players I have ever seen or trained with" and vowed over the next few years: "You are going to see even more of Anthony, I'm sure".

"I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it's up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I'll play a bit more".

Atleti will want to keep hold of their star striker who scored 16 league goals for his side last season.

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