Jose Mourinho has received a massive injury blow after it was revealed that Paul Pogba will miss four to six weeks of action with a hamstring injury.
The French midfielder has enjoyed a scintillating start to the 2017/18 campaign, clearly buoyed by the presence of Nemanja Matic alongside him. In just six games he has registered two goals, two assists, two ‘Man of the Match’ awards (against Swansea City and Leicester), a ‘Goal of the Month’ award and the August ‘Player of the Month’ award. More broadly, however, he was fast emerging as the fluid catalyst for Manchester United’s inexorable momentum moving forward that saw them claim 13 goals in their first five games.
Pogba was duly handed a chance to wear the captain’s armband for United’s opening Champions League clash with FC Basel on Tuesday night. This was the 24-year-old’s opportunity to establish a marker amongst Europe’s elite after conquering the Europa League last season, but his evening was over after just 15 minutes following a lunge for the ball that left him grimly clutching his hamstring and grimacing as he walked down the tunnel.
He was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches following the game and had a scan on Wednesday, and the BBC, in turn, has confirmed that United’s star man is set to miss at least a month of action and will face a race against time to regain fitness in time for the trip to Anfield in October alongside back-to-back clashes with Benfica in the Champions League.