Later News Nov 10

Manchester United injury woes worsen with Pogba set for two-month long absence


It looks like Manchester United fans will have to brace themselves for more of McFred in the coming months, following news that midfielder Paul Pogba will be out of action for up to two months with a thigh strain.

 

Pogba sustained the injury while on international duty with France, with the 28-year-old understood to have hurt his thigh during a shooting drill in training. He has since withdrawn from the French squad, and has flown back to Manchester for further assessment.

 

United released a statement to confirm Pogba’s withdrawal from the French squad, which read: “Paul Pogba has been released from the French national team following a thigh muscle injury sustained in training. He will return to Manchester for treatment and further evaluation.”

 

WATCH: Solskjaer praises Pogba for his excellent start to the season

 

Pogba himself didn’t seem too concerned with his injury, as he posted on his social media a video promising that he would be “back soon”.

 

It is believed, however, that the injury will keep Pogba out of action for around six to eight weeks, which means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will likely have to rely on Scott McTominay and Fred – a midfield pairing that would haunt Freddy Krueger’s nightmares if he were a United fan – till at least the new year comes around.

 

Of course, the Red Devils can also call upon Donny van de Beek to play in the centre of midfield, but Solskjaer has already established that the Dutchman will play nothing more than a calefare role in his self-directed and self-produced soap opera, titled ‘Ole at the Wheel’, which is screening weekly at the Theatre of Dreams this season.

 

Pogba’s absence coincides with a gruelling run of games for United, who still have to face the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Brighton in the coming two months. United are also without Pogba’s compatriot Raphael Varane, who is still recovering from a groin injury.

 

WATCH: Varane's first interview as a United player

 

While you would think the absence of one of the highest-rated players in the game, a World Cup winner, and an £89m (S$162.55m) signing, might worry United fans, the news of Pogba’s injury has actually been welcomed by a sizeable section of the club’s supporters, many of whom have grown to dislike the Frenchman as much as Graeme Souness.

 

With Pogba’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, there is a good chance that United might cash out on him in January to recoup some value from their record signing, meaning that his last-ever contribution to the team could potentially be to get sent off for a reckless tackle on Liverpool’s Naby Keita.

 

Given his trajectory at United since re-joining them to much fanfare in 2016, it would be fair to say that it’s quite a fitting end.

 

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