Monday 23 July 2018

Confirmed! Paul Pogba left out of Man United's team against Sevilla

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Sportsfile
Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Pogba has been left out of Manchester United’s starting line-up for the Champions League game against Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Pogba returned to United training 24 hours after declaring he was suffering from an illness and was unable to play in last Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Huddersfield, yet debate over his withdrawal from the game has rumbled on in recent days.

The reasons for Pogba’s absence at Huddersfield has yet to be revealed, fuelling rumours of a rift with manager Jose Mourinho, with his rapid return to training suggesting his illness cannot have been too severe.

Pogba has travelled to Spain with the United first team and took a full part in training on Tuesday night, but he has been named on the bench for the game at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium.

Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay are named in United’s midfield three, with Pogba’s place on the bench certain to be a big talking point ahead of kick-off.

“I don’t think it’s fair to speak about the responsibilities of a player,” Mourinho said of Pogba on Tuesaday. “I don’t even like the fact that the player who cost X millions doesn’t have the same responsibility as the player who cost three times X.

“I think the responsibility is for everyone, so I don’t like that kind of approach. I understand for you (the media), but not for me.

“When I decide a team to play, I don’t look to the age, I don’t look to the salary, I don’t look to the transfer fee, because I think that’s not also fair.”

Man Utd XI vs. Sevilla: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Matic, Herrera, McTominay; Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez.

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