Manchester United fans were left concerned on Tuesday night as star midfielder Paul Pogba left Old Trafford on crutches after coming off injured in the Reds’ 3-0 win against FC Basel.
As Man United returned to the UEFA Champions League after an absence of almost two years, Pogba captained the side in his debut for the club in Europe’s elite competition.
His night didn’t last long, being replaced after 19 minutes by Marouane Fellaini, who went onto open the scoring, after a hamstring injury.
Manager José Mourinho admitted he does not know the severity of the injury, but his French midfielder was seen leaving the stadium on crutches after the game.
Pogba leaving Old Trafford on crutches tonight. Hoping his injury isn’t serious 🙏 pic.twitter.com/o8sJDwrMxF
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) September 12, 2017
It’s been a superb start to the season in which Pogba has not only demonstrated his effectiveness with two goals and two assists in the Premier League, but also excited fans with his unmatched level of technical ability.
A midfielder, yes, but Pogba’s ability on the ball and footwork often makes him fit in playing on the wing, with the skills to match the world’s best widemen, but the passing ability to be one of the world’s best in midfield.
It’s a massive blow to United’s chances in all competitions this season. Fans will be looking nervously at the North-West derby against Liverpool on October 14th.
Pogba could be out for 3-4 weeks with this hamstring tweak, meaning it would be a race for him to get back for that huge game. In the meantime, United have five games remaining in September in one of the busiest periods of the season, and Mourinho will be looking to his alternative midfield options to get him through it.