Manchester United supporters were surprisingly unconcerned by confirmation that Paul Pogba would be out of action until December.
The Frenchman has been impeded by a foot injury sustained during a 1-1 draw with Southampton prior to the September international break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed after Man United’s 3-1 win over Norwich City that November 24 would be Pogba’s earliest possible return date.
The reaction to news of United’s best player being sidelined for another month was, well, angry – less at the situation, though, and more at Pogba himself.
Need to be honest for a change and show the fraud up for what he actually is!
— 🇾🇪Wackydog🇾🇪 (@wackydog70) October 28, 2019
Lool just announce the transfer and let him go. We know he isn’t injured
— Ray Vincent (@RedVin8) October 27, 2019
No he’s not. Injury my a*se. Either frozen out or refusing to play. You’d think he’d damaged cruciate ligaments at this point. Even so – if a player wants to play, they’ll play and they’ll push to do so. Injections etc. He should be healed by now anyway. Just looking to move.
— Sean Hayes (@SeanJHayes) October 28, 2019
you know as well as we do , he is off probably in January , said it as soon as he cried off after Rochdale
— macca 🇾🇪 🏴🇬🇧 (@gmacca69) October 27, 2019
These sentiments are rooted in the fact that United fans simply have not seen Pogba perform at his blistering best since the opening day of the season, which feels like light years ago.
In the minds of most United fans, then, Pogba becomes an elusive, estranged figure, probably plotting some plan for world destruction, most definitely lining up a move to Real Madrid.
What we really need – and it is this simple – is another blisteringly good performance from the 26-year-old. Recency bias is a powerful thing in football, and a sweeping midfield performance from Pogba would turn the tide very quickly.