Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refused to provide an injury timeline on Paul Pogba, who missed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League. The France international sustained a thigh injury during the final training session on Friday afternoon, and this saw him excluded from the matchday squad altogether.
In a report covered by Sky Sports, the United boss confirmed that Pogba suffered the problem during the dying stages of the training session, but he is unaware as to how long the midfielder could be out of action, he said: “He’s injured. Yesterday in training. He was in an unlucky situation. I don’t know how long he is out for.”
In Pogba’s absence, young midfielder Scott McTominay managed to provide a flawless performance for most of the game, and he was accompanied by the ever-present Nemanja Matic, who was commanding in his position with vital interceptions.
Juan Mata also slotted to form a midfield three when United lost possession of the ball, and it will be interesting to see which kind of tactic Mourinho could deploy in the Champions League versus Sevilla, should Pogba fail to make it.
Playing Marouane Fellaini is a viable option in the 4-3-3 setup, but the Belgian tends to slow down the momentum, unlike Mata, who is superior with his link-up play, which may get the best out of the Alexis Sanchez on Tuesday night.
Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw during the first-leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie versus Sevilla at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and they now have to make their home advantage count to attain progress to the quarter-final phase of the elite competition.