Sunday 24 September 2017

'We miss Pogba, we need Pogba' - Jose Mourinho preparing for a Manchester United without Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba of ManchesterUnited reacts to being forced off through injury during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and FC Basel at Old Trafford on September 12, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Paul Pogba of ManchesterUnited reacts to being forced off through injury during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and FC Basel at Old Trafford on September 12, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he ‘doesn’t know’ when Paul Pogba will return to first team action, as he begins his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Pogba limped out of United’s Champions League game against FC Basel on Tuesday night with the injury, amid reports in the UK media that Mourinho is annoyed at the France international and the club’s medical staff for not identifying the problem before it forced him on to the sidelines.

Now Mourinho has given an update on Pogba’s injury ahead of his side’s game against Everton on Sunday, as he prepares for a busy moth of action without his most expensive signing.

When asked how long he expected Pogba to remain on the sidelines, Mourinho stated: “I don’t know. I just know that it’s a muscular injury, he’s out for the weekend match and that’s the only match I’m thinking about.

“I don’t think any further than that. He’s not playing this weekend. I just know it’s a hamstring problem.

“There are good players more than ready to play so honestly we miss Pogba, we need Pogba, but we have good players - (Ander) Herrera, (Marouane) Fellaini and (Michael) Carrick are waiting for a real chance to start the matches.

“We lost important players last season during crucial moments of the season and we weren’t crying or getting excuses in about that.

“Squads are there to try to cope with these kind of situations. I don’t know how many, but we’re going to play without Pogba for a few matches but we have other players.”

Pogba may well miss the next month of action and will be keen to be back in the United fold for the crucial Premier League clash against Liverpool at Anfield on October 14th.

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