Pogba was handed the captain’s armband for the first time against FC Basel but pulled up after just 16 minutes with a hamstring injury and was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.
Jose Mourinho confirmed immediately after the game that he would miss the clash with Ronald Koeman’s side on Sunday and he will have a scan today to determine the length of his spell on the sidelines.
And Rashford, speaking after the game, noted that, while other players are capable of performing in that role, Pogba’s absence will serve as a big detriment to the home side this weekend.
“That’s why you have such a strong squad,” he said.
“It’s good for the manager, it’s good for the players as well because we’re always playing for competition.
But Paul’s going to be a massive miss and hopefully we can get him back fit as soon as possible.”
You don’t normally come away from a 3-0 win in the Champions League feeling glum, but such is the invaluable influence Pogba has on this United side. Mourinho’s men will never look complete without the dazzling 24-year-old dictating play from central midfield.
That said, we should not judge a team by how they are at full strength and instead focus on they perform without their key players. And United passed this test with flying colours: the gloss and pomp seen this season wasn’t there as much, but Mourinho’s men got the job done emphatically – and that, really, should be what we take away from Tuesday’s win.