Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba hasn’t travelled with the squad to take on AZ Alkmaar later today – in a key Europa League encounter.
Well, now further information has been unearthed as to why. According to The Guardian, who cite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself, it is being claimed that United didn’t want to risk the Frenchman due to the state of the pitch…
The Baby Faced Assassin would not confirm whether Pogba would be available for the game against Newcastle United this coming weekend either.
“After discussions with the specialist we decided Paul’s ankle injury would benefit from further treatment and rest, but I wouldn’t have risked him on Astro Turf anyway,” the United manager is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “I’m surprised AZ have chosen to play in this pitch, to be honest. Coming from Norway I’m used to Astro Turf pitches and this is not one of the best I’ve seen, it’s actually one of the worst.”
I know AZ Alkmaar’s normal stadium is unavailable due to a collapsed roof, but you have to wonder why UEFA is allowing them to play on a pitch that me and you could have a kick about on with our mates?
This is a professional, high-level football match with so much at stake. Imagine if a key asset, from either team, picks up a serious injury due to the quality of the pitch? That’s just not good enough.
Given that Pogba has been struggling of late, it seems like a wise decision not to risk him. I guess the one saving grace even if he does miss the Newcastle match is the fact that there’s a two-week hiatus just on the horizon due to the international break…