Paul Pogba out for some time, perhaps Manchester United should not be reliant on certain players?


Manchester United look set to be without midfielder Paul Pogba for a couple of weeks after the Frenchman left the field in the clubs opening UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. Pogba was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 19th minute of the match after he seemingly injured his hamstring. United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested the player will be out with the injury and will therefore not play a part in the Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday and could also miss the Carabao Cup clash with Burton Albion in a week’s time as well as the trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

United went on to beat Basel 3-0 with Fellaini scoring the opening goal of the match, Romelu Lukaku scoring early in the second half and Marcus Rashford scoring the third on his Champions League debut, continuing his goalscoring run for United in debuts. The loss of Pogba will be a blow for United as he has been identified as the player with the best rating in the Premier League so far this season, albeit after just four matches in the competition. Mourinho, speaking to the official Manchester United website, stated:

“It looks for me too [like a hamstring injury] but I haven’t spoken yet to the medical department. Squads are for this, squads are for injuries, squads are for suspensions. We don’t cry with injuries. So if no Paul for Sunday, we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have [Marouane] Fellaini and we have [Nemanja] Matic.”

In addition to the comments reported above, Mourinho, quoted by Sky Sports, also went into further detail about Pogba’s injury suggesting that he did not know what the severity was and based on his experience, which in excess, it was a muscular injury and would keep the player out of action for a few weeks. United will however, be awaiting the results of a scan on the injury to see how severe it actually is, the results of which could be relayed through the media later in the week as Mourinho sits with the media ahead of the visit of Everton and former United captain Wayne Rooney on Sunday. Mourinho said:

“I don’t know (what the severity is). I just know from experience it’s a muscular injury. In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think. It looks for me too (like a hamstring injury) but I haven’t spoken yet to the medical department.”

Pogba will be missed against Everton this coming weekend but the chances are he would have been rested against Burton Albion next week anyway, at least left on the bench with the likes of Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic still showing United’s strength in midfield. Scott McTominay, a player who has been promoted to the first team this season could also be involved, showing United have other options with Pogba on the sidelines, despite not being at the same quality as the Frenchman, a chance to show the manager what he can do will be great for his future development. Whilst United will miss Pogba and his ability, it will teach them that they cannot rely on individual players throughout the season.

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