Man Utd Injury Blow: Mourinho Confirms Key Man Could Miss Man City Showdown
Man Utd have suffered a fresh injury concern after Jose Mourinho confirmed that Paul Pogba may be forced to miss Thursday’s showdown against Man City.
Manchester United have suffered a fresh injury concern after Jose Mourinho confirmed that Paul Pogba may be forced to miss Thursday’s crucial showdown against Manchester City.
Pogba limped off in added time during United’s 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon where goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney kept the Red Devils in the hunt for the top four.
It came just three days after Pogba had played the full 120 minutes during United’s extra-time victory over Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League while it was the midfielder’s sixth consecutive start for the club.
Speaking after the game yesterday, Mourinho admitted that he wasn’t sure whether Pogba had picked up an injury or was just fatigued but conceded that the 23-year-old looked ‘dead’ on his feet as he came off the pitch.
The world’s most expensive player will be further assessed when he arrives at United’s Carrington training base but Mourinho has admitted he’s now a doubt for Thursday’s huge trip to Man City.
When asked for an update on Pogba, Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“I don’t know. Dead he is for sure, if he’s injured or if it’s just the super accumulation of fatigue in the muscles, I don’t know.
“But as I was saying, if he cannot play Thursday he cannot play Thursday, we play another one and we don’t cry, like we didn’t today.”
It would be a major blow for United if they lose Pogba on Thursday, especially as the club have only recently lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo to serious knee ligament injuries.
Juan Mata is also facing a race against time to play again this season while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are still recovering from toe and knee injuries so United could be without six first team players against City.
The Reds head to the Etihad Stadium sitting just one point behind fourth-placed City in the table with six games remaining so Thursday’s match is going to have a major say in who finishes in the top four this season.
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