Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba injury update ahead of Everton clash

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has spoken out about Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury after it was confirmed the Frenchman would be out for four to six weeks, noting his absence gives other players a chance to shine.

Pogba was handed the armband for Manchester United’s Champions League opener with FC Basel on Tuesday but only lasted 16 minutes before limping off with a hamstring problem.

He went for a scan on Wednesday and it was revealed he could spend up to six weeks on the sidelines, missing Man United’s trip to Anfield as a result.

And Mourinho has confirmed that Pogba will not be involved any time soon, ruling him out for Sunday’s upcoming clash against Everton on Sunday.

There is never a preferable time for your star midfielder to be out for a month, but Pogba’s injury at this stage, just as United are riding on a crest of attacking momentum and scoring for fun, feels decidedly cruel.

The verve, fluidity, confidence, and indeed general presence brought by the 24-year-old can never be replaced. He is an indispensable nucleus of this United side.

But Mourinho is right: we shouldn’t cry over an injury. Injuries happen. Now is the time to see whether Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera can offer a viable alternative over the next few weeks.

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