Manchester United are unlikely to utilise the services of Paul Pogba during this weekend’s Premier League game against Newcastle United. The France international has stayed away from the playing field every since his hamstring injury during the 3-0 Champions League win over Basel on September 12.
According to The Telegraph, United boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to have Pogba back in his matchday squads, but he may not play the Frenchman until he regains his full fitness. The 24-year-old started training with the club’s reserve players earlier last week, but Saturday’s game versus the Magpies is likely to come ‘too soon for Pogba’.
In the absence of Pogba, United have struggled to find the creativity from the centre of the park, and this has seen them fall eight points adrift of Manchester City at the top of the table.
Marouane Fellaini used his physique to good advantage as he contributed valuable goals during Pogba’s time on the sidelines. However, the Belgian suffered a knee injury of his own in early October, and this coincided with United’s lean streak of just one victory in four Premier League outings.
Manchester United have a 100 percent record at Old Trafford this campaign, and they will be confident of sealing three points versus Rafael Benitez’s side, who have struggled to score goals on the road.
With the Manchester derby against Manchester City scheduled for December 10, Mourinho will set his sights on having Pogba available for the game which could make-or-break United’s league season.