Manchester United are eager to achieve a lot this season. Their 2-2 draw against Stoke City last week was the only instance in which the Red Devils have dropped points so far this campaign, having secured the top spot of the Premier League table with 10 points.
However, their neighboring rivals, Manchester City, have the same amount of points now, with the goal difference being the only thing separating the Mancunian clubs.
Now, fresh team news has confirmed what United supporters have been dreading ever since their 3-0 win against FC Basel on Wednesday in the Champions League opener.
Red Devils’ star man Paul Pogba looks all set to miss the next match against Everton on Sunday, and perhaps, even more matches due to a muscular injury. Mourinho confirmed this in an interview with MUTV, by saying: “He is injured and he cannot play on Sunday.”
Furthermore, when enquired about the duration for which the side will be without their key attacking midfielder, he answered: “We know that, for a few matches, I don’t know how many, but I expect we are to play without Pogba for a few matches.”
However, rather than lingering on the injury, the Portuguese boss sought to see the silver lining to this unfortunate setback: “That is an opportunity for others and the others are ready to get that opportunity, and to perform. Of course, we feel sorry that we lose a player but we are calm and confident because it is an opportunity for people who are ready to take it.”
Marouane Fellaini, who was Pogba’s substitute on Wednesday, went on to score a goal and assist another, and he will be more than eager to fill the shoes of the Frenchman. Moreover, Mourinho also provided a positive update on injured defender Luke Shaw.
Jose revealed: “He is not injured anymore so it is a question of form and it is a question of options. But he is not injured, he is recovered.”
However, Marcos Rojo wasn’t subject to a similar hope, as Mourinho claimed: “He is still in the timings of such an important injury. Everything went really well, but he’s not even training with the group in normal sessions, he’s just doing parts of it. So Marcos still has in front of him, probably, a couple of months.”
Their start to the new season has been more or less perfect, with a decent amount of goals being scored, and their defensive record being the best in the League. Now, they must seek to work a way around these injuries and stay focused during the long run of fixtures that lies ahead.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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