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United celebrated their return to the Champions League with a 3-0 win against Basel, however, the victory was tainted as Paul Pogba was forced off after just 19 minutes. "In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks," said Jose Mourinho, confirming Pogba's injury was more severe than what was first hoped.
The Frenchman captained United for the first time in his career, yet the joyous occasion rapidly turned sour when he was forced off the pitch. Mourinho's men didn't let that affect them though, and rightly so, but they would have preferred Pogba to have been on the pitch.
Furthermore, Paul Pogba's departure from Old Trafford on crutches did not ease concerns from the United camp. Pogba's absence will undoubtedly hinder the Red Devils, because this season he has played a pivotal role in the team's attacking thrust and movement on the counter.
His two goals and two assists means only Man United team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata have been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season (both with five) than Pogba. But he has delivered more than just goals and assists; Pogba has been the heartbeat of this fluid United side.
With Pogba now sidelined for the foreseeable future, though, United's attacking intensity will not be the same, if only for a few weeks. In the matches the midfielder sat out last season, they lacked the same attacking vigour to hurt opponents. Pogba could potentially miss the next 5-6 matches (depending on his recovery and match fitness).
He will be missed for this Sunday's clash, when Manchester United welcome Everton at Old Trafford. That being said, United head into this match in fine form - contrary to their opponents, who've suffered three consecutive defeats, failing to score in each of them.
Even without Pogba, I feel another win is on the cards for United.
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