Jose Mourinho gives Paul Pogba update ahead of Southampton clash

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba will not return to the side in time for Manchester United’s clash with Southampton on Wednesday.

The Frenchman was not included in the squad that travelled to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after his father tragically passed away.

Pogba recently attracted praise for bombastic, game-deciding performances in both legs of Man United’s Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo.

Mourinho, speaking ahead of the visit to Saint Mary’s, confirmed that the 24-year-old will be given more time with his family in the wake of his father’s passing.

“I don’t think so. I think that his dad’s funeral has to be between Tuesday and Wednesday in France.

“I don’t think that Paul has the conditions to play. We have left him completely free to be back when he thinks he’s ready.”

Some things are simply bigger and indeed more important than football. Nobody should have to go through losing a parent at the age of 24, and my heart goes out to Paul and the rest of his family at this difficult time,

Throwing Pogba back into the global spotlight, probably to be lambasted by Arsenal fans who aren’t even watching the game, on the same day as his father’s funeral would be nonsensical to the highest degree. The club will, no doubt, give the Frenchman all the time he needs to recover the right mindset.

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