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Ralf Rangnick reveals Paul Pogba is fit for Middlesbrough clash

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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed midfielder Paul Pogba has returned from his lengthy injury absence and is in contention to start the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Friday.

Pogba has not played since the Champions League group stage clash against Atalanta in early November, spending three months on the sidelines with a hamstring issue he picked up on international duty with France.

The 28-year-old - who is yet to play under Rangnick - had been due to return in early January before suffering a setback in his recovery.

However, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Boro in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night, Rangnick confirmed Pogba is finally back.

"Paul will be part of the group, he might even be in the starting lineup," the German coach said.

Pogba saw red in his last Premier League appearance in the miserable 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford back in October - towards the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure in the dugout.

The Frenchman's future is up in the air at present, with his current contract due to expire in the summer. 90min revealed in January that the player has not made a decision on his next move as yet.

In further team news, Rangnick revealed that Edinson Cavani, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Alex Telles will all miss the cup clash.

He continued: "Edinson Cavani will only return at the weekend, he contacted me at the weekend and asked to have two more days at home - I knew he couldn't be in the starting eleven with jet lag.

"Victor Lindelof has been ill the whole week and not training. Eric Bailly came back yesterday, he has some problems with his ankle and will not be part of the squad.

"Luke Shaw will be playing because Alex Telles played 90 minutes for Brazil."