Paul Pogba was coach of a team in a charity game played in France during the holiday season.
The Manchester United superstar was not available in the Red Devils' year-ending 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that the France international was excluded from the squad because he was not fully ready to feature in the game.
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The 26-year-old is likely to return for the New Year's Day fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Pogba was at the sidelines taking charge of a French side with his brother Mathias and Florentin also in action for a Pogba's All-Stars team against a selected Guinea XI.
The charity game was used an avenue to raise funds for the '48 hours Guinea' campaign, with Pogba's mother Yeo Moriba, also an ambassador for the women's game in their native country.
The Man United midfielder uploaded a video clip from the match on social media giving instructions to his players from the sideline.
Speaking on the midfielder's absence at Burnley, Solskjaer said: "He's been out for a long while and he didn't feel right.
"When you've been out for such a while it's always going to take time until you're 100%.
"He wasn't ready because he's not really done too many games and he's had two in a few days and he just needed another day's recovery."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that David Moyes has been appointed as the new manager of West Ham United after the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini.
The Hammers let go of the Chilean gaffer shortly after their fourth straight home defeat to Leicester City at the London Stadium.
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