Jose Mourinho puts Paul Pogba in 'long-term injury bracket'

Jessica Allison
October 3, 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Paul Pogba's injury absence will be "long-term", with doubts emerging that the midfielder could be out of action until after the November worldwide break.

Speaking ahead of his side's Premier League match against Crystal Palace, via the Mirror, Mourinho explained his thinking behind the decision to give Lukaku such an relentless run in the side.

The United manager is still unwilling to put a timescale on the injury but 17 days on from the France international's setback he has revealed his concerns over the player's absence.

The £90m summer signing made it 10 goals in his first nine United games with a brace in Wednesday's 4-1 victory at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and is set to start again today.

Mourinho revealed that Pogba's injury is on the long-term side like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

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Mourinho will continue to lean heavily on the 24-year-old striker until Ibrahimovic makes his comeback from a cruciate knee ligament injury. "I can not, professionally speaking, say, "Do this or do that".

"Look, without Zlatan we can not rotate the strikers, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing in other positions", said Mourinho.

Complaining of "disrespect to the club", Mourinho said: "I just think it's odd because in every country the decisions are made to protect the clubs and here that doesn't happen. What I am saying is that from all the injuries we have, I hope we can have some players available tomorrow".

"We could have won every single game but we are happy at the moment and we are happy to be in this position but it's just the beginning of October and we need to keep going". People coming from the bench are helping the team. "We have to wait for them and hope there are not many problems".

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