Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that their midfield general Paul Pogba will be unavailable for Middlesbrough trip.
Manchester United did win the game and qualified for the quarter-finals, but, in the process, were hit by a major roadblock as Paul Pogba picked up an unfortunate injury and was limped off the field in the early part of the second half.
And now, the Mourinho has confirmed that the recently turned 24-year-old will miss the Middlesbrough game and is also expected to miss France’s games against Luxembourg and Spain later this month.
Jose was asked as to how long Pogba will be unavailable, but the Portuguese didn’t deliver much. However, he did confess that the Frenchman sustained a hamstring injury:
“Yes, hamstring,” Mourinho said at his post-match media conference.
“I don’t know for sure how long, but no Middlesbrough and no national team.”
Pogba has been in the midst of heavy criticism, as the former Juventus man has only managed seven goals and five assists in 41 matches so far, but Mourinho, on his part, has rightly defended his player by saying that it isn’t Pogba’s fault that he is earning more money.
“I feel that the world is losing values and I am scared about the level of envy coming in. It is not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money some players did in the past.”
Besides Paul, Daley Blind was also taken off as well after a concussion. The doctors, however, did spectate the Dutchman on the field before deciding to take him off. Speaking on injury woes, the manager said:
“Paul has a muscular injury, Daley I don’t know, I will have to see what happened.”