MANCHESTER UNITED are expecting Paul Pogba to be fully fit for their clash against rivals Manchester City.
The Red Devils' most expensive signing ever has been sidelined with a hamstring injury he picked up in September.
Paul Pogba has missed the last 12 Manchester United matches through injury
The 24-year-old has missed United's last 12 matches which has impacted the performance of Jose Mourinho's side.
But the club are growing confident that Pogba will be fit enough to make the squad following the international break.
United face Rafa Benitez's Newcastle on November 18 but it is unknown whether Pogba will be fit enough to make the matchday squad.
Boss Jose Mourinho doesn't want to rush the £89million signing back into action particularly with a hectic Christmas schedule.
Manchester United want Paul Pogba at 100 per cent for their match at Man City
The Mirror claim he wants to ensure Pogba is back to his best when they face their noisy neighbours at the beginning of December.
Mourinho's side are already eight points behind the league leaders and can't afford to lose anymore ground on the in-form side.
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United are already without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo who have both been on the treatment table since April.
But the Portuguese boss is upbeat that his star players are closing in on a return to action.
Speaking to MUTV, he said: "We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible.
"They have to work every day but they are in a good position now. Pogba, Ibra, Rojo, Fellaini.
"They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position."