Manchester United made an excellent start to the 2017/18 season, with Jose Mourinho’s men looking like a side built to go the distance in a title race. A key part of that is the brilliance of Paul Pogba, however, in the Champions League on Tuesday night, he picked up what looked like a serious hamstring problem.
Now pundit Tony Cottee has had his say on the situation, and he reckons that the 24-year-old will be out of action for six weeks, maybe four if he’s lucky…
“A hamstring (injury) is six weeks (out),” Cottee is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“The treatment is better these days, so it could be four weeks if he’s lucky.”
“But he definitely pulled it. He pulled up sharp, he tried to carry on, he couldn’t, and they took him off.”
“I’d definitely be worried (if I was Mourinho) over how long he’s going to be out now.”
As an ex-professional, he’ll know about these types of injuries more than most, and if his news is accurate, then he won’t take to the field until towards the end of October which would be a real shame.
September and October are two of the busiest months in terms of sheer volume of matches played, and to enter that tough period without one of our key players is a devastating blow.
Pogba has become the heartbeat of this team, and some of the chances his creates and goals he scores literally come out of nothing. He’s a genuine game-changer and a world-class central midfielder, and without a doubt, matches will be a whole lot tougher without him to call upon.
With that said, we’ll wait for official confirmation from manager Mourinho before panicking just yet, but I’m sure the self-proclaimed Special One will have a trick or two up his sleeve in case our worst fears are indeed true.