Paul Pogba could be out of action for three months at Manchester United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United fear that Paul Pogba could be out for three months with a hamstring injury picked up against FC Basel earlier this week, according to reports.

The Frenchman was forced off after just 16 minuted against the Swiss champions after over-stretching for a tackle and was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.

Later scans confirmed he would be out for between four to six weeks and Jose Mourinho, speaking ahead of the clash with Everton, noted that the 24-year-old would be out for a “few matches”.

But according to the Sunday Times’ Duncan Castles, specialists at Old Trafford believe he may need up to 12 weeks of rehabilitation before returning.

If such was indeed the case, he would miss five Champions League games alongside clashes with Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The only way we can really react to this development is pray that it isn’t true. Losing Pogba for a month is bearable. Mourinho has enough alternative options to fill the void for a certain period of time.

But losing him for three months – a third of the entire campaign – would be a hammer blow to United’s title chances. That devastating midfield pivot with Nemanja Matic simply cannot be replicated and Mourinho’s midfield will considerably suffer as a result.

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