As we all know, Paul Pogba is currently mourning the tragic loss of his father. The 24-year-old missed Manchester United’s game with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, and rightly so. This is the time where he needs to be with his family.
This coming Wednesday, United head to the South Coast to take on Southampton in their penultimate Premier League game of the season.
Ahead of that match, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media about whether or not his star midfielder will be available for selection. The boss has confirmed that he doesn’t think Pogba will be able to play as his funeral is taking place in France over the next few days.
“I don’t think so. I think that his dad’s funeral has to be between Tuesday and Wednesday in France.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“I don’t think that Paul has the conditions to play. We have left him completely free to be back when he thinks he’s ready.”
At the end of the day, football is just a game and there are far more important things that happen in life. What has happened with his father is heartbreaking, and I genuinely wouldn’t begrudge him taking the rest of the season off as it must be so hard for all of the family.
Perhaps Pogba personally will be trying to get back for the Europa League final as it’s such a big game, but I’d be surprised if we see him in the squad at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace on Sunday either.