The Frenchman, handed the captain’s armband for the very first time, overstretched to win the ball back and, after a few nervy paces, signalled to the bench and went off with a grimace after just 16 minutes.
And Mourinho, speaking to BT Sport after the game, revealed that the 24-year-old would play no part on Sunday, noting: ‘No Paul for Sunday.”
Any hamstring affliction serves as cause for concern. Pogba suffered something similar during the 1-0 win over FC Rostov last season and was sidelined for around two weeks, but the fact that Mourinho hasn’t even entertained the idea of the Frenchman playing on Sunday may suggest that circumstances are gloomier this time around.
Losing a player of Pogba’s class and sheer presence is, by necessity, dilapidating for the rest of the squad, but United displayed against Basel a promising capacity to dominate games even without their star man in midfield.