Paul Pogba was sidelined due to a hamstring injury early in the month of September, but boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that his side is not missing the star man on the pitch.
The Frenchman has been on fire ever since Mourinho introduced Nemanja Matic to the United midfield. The former Chelsea man has managed to offer Pogba some much-needed freedom to help the France international get back to his very best.
Unfortunately, after 2 goals and as many assists, the young midfielder was struck with a hamstring injury, which saw him get ruled out for at least six weeks. The Red Devils were widely expected to drop points in the absence of the Frenchman, who has played a vital role in their recent success.
However, United have continued their stunning form and proved they still pose a threat even without their record signing. Mourinho’s side manage to breeze past Crystal Palace with a 4-0 victory, which was the sixth time the Red Devils scored 4 in a match, as they continue their unbeaten run into the new campaign so far.
The Portuguese boss reaffirmed his utmost trust in his squad, and further added that he believes they can still manage to achieve great things without key players.
“We never miss the players that are injured,” the former Real Madrid manager replied, when quizzed about Pogba’s absence. “That’s our way of seeing [it]. They are injured, we don’t think about them.
“It’s an opportunity for others, is a moment for others to step up and to get the chance, so I think that’s good. When we moan all the time about injuries it looks like we don’t trust the other people and we have to.”
As of now, Marouane Fellaini has taken Pogba’s position in the United midfield, and has been in phenomenal form. Mourinho will be hoping for more such displays from his players before the return of the 24-year-old, alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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