Paul Pogba who? Manchester United stuck four past Everton at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon, despite their most talented player being out injured. Pogba, 24, picked up what looked like a hamstring problem during the victory over FC Basel in midweek.
Ahead of Manchester United’s match against Everton, rumours surfaced suggesting that Pogba will be out of action for the next twelve weeks. Which, in my opinion, seems quite long for a hamstring injury.
After the 4-0 drubbing of Everton, Jose Mourinho was asked if there was any truth in that rumour. The self-proclaimed Special One quashed them immediately by adding that even the club aren’t sure as to how long the French midfield maestro will be out for.
“I don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days, honestly,” said the manager at his post-match press conference, as per ManUtd.com.
“Any comment or any new rumour is totally wrong because we don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days. The player was diagnosed initially after the match because of the conditions of the muscle and the bleeding. The decision was one more week to wait to see really clearly in the scans, that I mentioned, of the injury.
“Nobody in this club spoke about 12 days or 12 weeks. Not at all. In the hamstring, it’s a normal procedure and we wait a few more days. So it’s completely nonsense information.”
This is yet another example of some poor, misinformed journalism. It’s becoming more and more of a regular thing in the modern day game as the media outlets become hungry for a few cheap clicks here and there.
Now, I’m just hoping that the issue isn’t as bad as first feared because coping without your star man for any prolonged period of time will obviously make things harder.
Although we won today, you could tell that we just weren’t creating anywhere near as many chances as we would have if Pogba was out on the field. Now, it’s time for us to wait and just pray that it’s only a week or two out for the former Juventus man, because we badly need him.