Pogba starts alongside Fernandes for first time for Man Utd

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Paul Pogba is to make his first Premier League start since September for Manchester United, lining up alongside Bruno Fernandes in the team to take on Sheffield United.

Fit again following a foot injury, Pogba made an impact off the bench in Friday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

The France international won the penalty that Fernandes converted to secure a point in the Red Devils' first outing since the coronavirus-enforced break to the top-flight season.

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Now the pair are picked to play together from the start for the first time by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also selects Mason Greenwood in an attacking XI for the game at Old Trafford.

Pogba's previous league start was in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on September 30.

"It was always our plan to get Paul to play more and more. To give him more than 45 minutes, you've got to start him," Solskjaer – who also opted for Nemanja Matic in midfield – told Sky Sports. "Let’s see how long he [Pogba] lasts today.

On the Pogba-Fernandes combination, he added: "It's good players playing together, so it's always nice to see them. I know we're going to play against a very tough opponent that is going to make it difficult for them – and that's going to make Paul and Bruno run the other way [in defence] as well."

As for the visitors, Dean Henderson is unable to play against his parent club. Simon Moore starts instead in goal for the Blades, while centre-back Phil Jagielka replaces the suspended John Egan.

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