Jose Mourinho has continued to remain secretive over the extent of Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury.
The Frenchman hobbled off 19 minutes into Manchester United’s opening UEFA Champions League group game against FC Basel, having been captain of the side.
He left Old Trafford on crutches then, and was thought to be out for two to three weeks. But reports after that seemed to indicate a lay-off of two months, keeping him out until mid-November.
Mourinho has previously described Pogba’s injury as “long-term” but has given no clue as to how long that means.
Speaking to Sky Sports recently, he was asked about Pogba’s injury.
His short response was, “No idea.”
Some Man United fans believe that Mourinho has been playing mind games ever since Pogba’s injury and expect to see the 24-year-old starting in midfield on Saturday against Liverpool.
However, there are no hints that Pogba will be in action at Anfield, with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera expected to be the starting midfield two.
If Pogba is back, it will be a remarkable achievement from Mourinho to keep it quiet until the game and give United a huge boost going into the game.
Mourinho’s mind games since joining United have hardly been spectacular, particularly for a manager famed for his performances in the press. This would be the first big display of such from Mourinho before a big game since taking the role.
With social media and 24-hour news, it’s becoming harder and harder to spring such surprises.
However, it does remain extremely unlikely Pogba will be back in action and estimates in the media remain that he’ll struggle to return for United until after the November international break.