Paul Pogba determined to play every game during busy Christmas period

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Pogba has made it clear that he wants to play every minute of Manchester United’s hectic schedule over the Christmas period.

The Frenchman missed 12 games with a hamstring injury and returned to action with a superb display against Newcastle United earlier this month.

He has started every game since returning and played a full 90 minutes against both Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford.

And Pogba, speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal, expressed his desire to play in every game over a crucial December month.

“Obviously it is tiring to play all of the those games, but that’s what you want,” he said.

“That’s what you play football for. You sacrifice, but you enjoy it, so you go through it and you just want to recover to play those games.”

Man United’s trip to the Emirates will be the first of ten games played over a 31 day period – an average of a game every three days.

And while Pogba’s enthusiasm to play in every one ought to be admired, no sane manager would want to expose his star player to such a gargantuan workload, especially so soon after coming back from two months on the sidelines.

Every player has physical idiosyncrasies and Pogba’s hamstring appears to be one. He was forced off against FC Rostov last season after playing too many games and it reared its ugly head against FC Basel in September as well.

And the Frenchman is simply too important to Mourinho’s plans to suffer another injury set-back as the business end of the campaign approaches.

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