Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Paul Pogba Exits United's Champions League Win on Crutches

Jose Mourinho coaches Manchester United versus Real Madrid in UEFA Super Cup GETTY Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho spent £75m to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton this summer
Lucia Summers | 13 September, 2017, 03:26

In August 2016, Paul Pogba became the most expensive player in the history of the game when he re-joined Manchester United from Juventus for a fee of £89m.

Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored the goals for the Red Devils who moved to the top of Group A on goal difference.

Losing a player of Pogba's class and sheer presence is, by necessity, dilapidating for the rest of the squad, but United displayed against Basel a promising capacity to dominate games even without their star man in midfield.

Pogba, who had been praised for his opening performances of the season, faced criticism following the draw and Adam believes the 24-year-old's roaming left Nemanja Matic "isolated" on a number of occasions.

Asked if he could evaluate Pogba's injury, Mourinho replied: "I don't know". Barely can they have subsided when he found himself back in the dressing room, his evening cut short by a hamstring injury.

But, while pleased with the result, Mourinho felt they took their foot off the pedal having gone 2-0 ahead early in the second half.

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"We stopped to play, we stopped to think, we stopped to play seriously, we stopped to make the right decisions on the pitch".

While Mourinho could not comment on the severity of the midfielder's injury, he is certain that it is a hamstring injury.

'We don't cry, no Paul for Sunday [against Everton], we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Marouane] Fellaini, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have [Nemanja] Matic'.

"Big? Small? I don't know, but a hamstring for sure".

'In February, when us English teams are trying to survive after the winter period, they are fresh and ready after this warm-up.

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