Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club will be without midfield trio Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League game at CSKA Moscow.
Pogba sustained a hamstring injury in the 3-0 triumph over Basel in the Champions League opener, and he has since been on the sidelines with the extent of the problem yet to be discovered.
Meanwhile, Fellaini suffered a minor ankle injury during the first-half of the 1-0 win over Southampton last weekend but Mourinho insists that the problem is not serious. Club-captain Michael Carrick is the other casualty, although the real reason for his injury remains undisclosed.
“We don’t have Fellaini, Pogba or Carrick, so all three midfield players we lose for this match, so the solutions are not many,” he told reporters h/t Metro. “I do not expect him[Fellaini] to be out for long. He was lucky, it could have been a much worse situation.”
The Red Devils secured a comfortable win over Basel in the first group stage game and Mourinho is expecting more of the same at CSKA where he wants a balanced performance without focusing much on the individuals.
Manchester United are currently top of Group A with three points and a victory over CSKA would put them clear at the top of the standings ahead of next month’s encounter against Benfica.