By Will Butcher
Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahmovic could be in line to start for Man United ahead of Tuesday night’s clash against Everton.
Both senior United stars missed their side’s last two outings. Pogba failed to play because of a hamstring problem after being withdrawn in the 48th minute against Russian side FC Rostov.
Ibrahimovic was sidelined after being handed a three-match ban for his elbow on defender Tyrone Mings.
Now, manager Jose Mourinho has revealed to United’s official website that the two could be available for selection, although he played down speculation that United would have beaten West Brom on Saturday if Ibrahimovic had played.
“We had matches here with Zlatan where we drew,” Mourinho said. “He missed a penalty in the game against Bournemouth and missed chances like other people did too.
“I cannot say now that if Zlatan and Juan Mata had played on Saturday, we would have won the game. I cannot say that at all.
“I don’t know about Pogba. I cannot say he is ready for Tuesday because I don’t know. I don’t think he is such a long-term injury like the others.”
The news will come as a blow to Everton, who would have fancied their chances against a side without Pogba and Ibrahimovic after United’s 0-0 draw against West Brom on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic has been in sublime form for United since his move from PSG, scoring 15 top flight strikes already but remains six goals behind the league’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international will be hoping to test United’s threadbare defensive four, after Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were sidelined through injury.
A win for Everton could see them climb to fifth if Arsenal lose to West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
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