Jose Mourinho: Paul Pogba’s injury is good for Man United’s fringe players

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Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho insists Paul Pogba’s injury is a blessing in disguise for the club’s fringe players. The France international has not featured for the Red Devils since he pulled his hamstring during the 3-0 Champions League triumph over Basel last month.

Initially, it was suggested that Pogba could return in the space of two to four weeks, but Mourinho stressed last week that the Frenchman is a long-term absentee alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

Following the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Mourinho was asked whether United are not missing the Frenchman, to which he replied: “We never miss the players that are injured. 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.”

In the absence of Pogba, Marouane Fellaini has enjoyed his best spell in the United shirt with three goals in the month of September. The Belgium international also secured two man of the match accolades during the period.

Ander Herrera has not got a similar opportunity to impress in central midfield, but his chances will come in the coming months with Mourinho likely to tweak his formation depending on the strength and weakness of the opponent.

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