Paul Pogba did not participate in the Manchester United training session (photo: Getty)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was absent from training as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team prepared for their Premier League clash against Arsenal.

The Frenchman returned from injury in United’s 2-0 defeat against Watford before Christmas and made another 45 minutes against Newcastle on Boxing Day.

However, he was left out of the United team for the 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday, which Solskjaer said was in the running of the congested fixtures at this time of year.

United face Arsenal in the Emirates on New Year’s Eve and Pogba was seen entering the club’s training ground Monday morning.

But the 26-year-old was not seen during a 15-minute public session, although there is a possibility that he will join the rest of the group once the media have been forced to leave.

Lindelof, Martial, Pereira and Mata at work (Picture: Getty)
United face Arsenal on New Year’s Day (Photo: Getty)
Angel Gomes [right] made a return to training (Photo: Getty)

However, it is a concern for Solskjaer that his protagonist is still feeling the effects of the foot injury that has kept him suspended for three months earlier this season.

Elsewhere, there has been positive news about the return of Eric Bailly, who was returning to training after five months with a knee injury.

Arsenal score United by seven points but can narrow the gap to four if it manages to manage a first win with the new boss Mikel Arteta.

Two late goals from Chelsea to the Emirates on Sunday caused the club’s first defeat of the Spaniard’s reign, but there were clear improvements in the game and attitude of the Gunners.

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