Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford to seize the opportunity to have an impact on the Manchester United season after football resumes after the coronavirus outage.
Pogba was nearing a return to training after regular re-education after ankle surgery that hadn’t appeared for United since the day after Christmas.
Rashford has not played since the FA Cup win against the Wolves on January 15, after injuring his back and had to miss the rest of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will recover from injury and make a decisive impact on Manchester United’s season after the coronavirus outage
Midfielder Pogba hasn’t played for United since Boxing Day’s win over Newcastle United
Forward Marcus Rashford has had a back injury since mid-January
The unexpected coronavirus pandemic, however, means that Pogba and Rashford could again appear for United if the season ends this summer.
Speaking to Gary Neville and Geoff Shreeves on a Sky Sports podcast, Solskjaer said, “Paul and Marcus are out, now we have games left, and I think everyone in the league will start more or less at the same level. .
“Maybe they have more motivation to continue, because they can see when they are back that they may be at the same level or even at a better level physically.
“In a way, they have had the opportunity to play a bigger role this season than they had hoped for. And they are great players for us, some of the most important players. “
Rashford is United’s top scorer this season with 19 in all competitions, while Solskjaer hopes Pogba can regain some of his former influence in the midfield.
The stop came at the wrong time for United, who were undefeated 11 times after winning eight in the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Europa League.
Pogba was nearing a return to training and may be involved in the start of the season
Rashford was expected to miss the rest of the season with his back injury
They were fifth in the Premier League standings, just three points behind Chelsea in fourth and final place in the Champions League.
United also advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where a trip to Norwich City awaited them, and led the Austrian team LASK 5-0 after the first leg of their last game in the Europa League’s 16th final.
It is not yet known whether the Europa League will be completed with a UEFA clearing house in the calendar of national seasons to end.
Solskjaer just hopes that United can quickly regain his form when football finally returns.
He said: “I have always been impressed with the players when we have had breaks. When we came back from the preseason, they were really focused.
“We had the mid-season break now, we did a few things tactically at Marbella that week and they came back focused.
“We can continue, I’m sure we can get off to a good start and climb this table if we continue to do the right thing.
“Even with the FA Cup and the Europa League, if that happens, we have a good chance there. “