Manchester United ran out deserved winners in their opening fixture of the Champions League, but star player Paul Pogba had to come off injured.
Jose Mourinho’s team got off to a winning start via a 3-0 victory over Basel in their Champions League campaign for the season. Fellaini, Lukaku, and Rashford were all on the scoresheet, as Manchester United breezed through at Old Trafford.
However, the hamstring injury to key player Paul Pogba dampened the euphoria around the win, and the French midfielder appears set for a lay-off with the injury.
The record Premier League signing pulled his hamstring in the 19th minute whilst trying to tackle a Basel player. Pogba was immediately substituted by Fellaini, who was the scorer of the opening goal of the game.
Talking to MUTV, Mourinho said: “It looks for me too [like a hamstring injury] but I haven’t spoken yet to the medical department. Squads are for this, squads are for injuries, squads are for suspensions. We don’t cry with injuries. So if no Paul for Sunday, we have Herrera, we have Carrick, we have Fellaini, and we have Matic.”
Pogba looked gutted with the injury, as the captain for the night had to come off unceremoniously early in the game. There are reports that the France international was seen leaving the stadium on crutches, which is a bad sign for the club and its fans. It looks like Pogba could be out for almost a month, as is the case with most hamstring injuries.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.