INJURY BLOW: MANCHESTER UNITED 89MILLION MAN PAUL POGBA INJURED IN EUROPA LEAGUE CLASH
Paul Pogba hobbled off during the first half of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Fenerbahce.
The French star took a blow to the thigh in a collision with Josef de Souza and looked to have picked up a dead leg before being replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 29th minute of the tie at Sukru Saracoglu.
Should the midfielder be absent on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium, when United take on Swansea, it would leave manager Jose Mourinho shorthanded in midfield. Ander Herrera is already suspended after his controversial red card against Burnley.
Pogba’s injury came in a fiery first half after Moussa Sow’s wonder goal had put the home side ahead. Wayne Rooney, Herrera and Ibrahimovic were involved in flare-ups involving rough-house tactics from the Turkish side.
In the BT Sport studio there was concern for Pogba’s ability to make a return in time to trip to south Wales.
‘You’d think he’d be a big doubt for Sunday, it looks like a dead leg,’ said former United man Paul Scholes.
‘Fenerbahce have been guilty of a few of those, a few little late tackles. There was one on Rooney and there was one on Herrera, one on Zlatan as well.
‘It’s a big worry for the weekend. A dead leg, you’re thinking tonight/tomorrow it’ll probably get worse. Will it clear up by Sunday? It’s doubtful.’
Another Old Trafford luminary, and no stranger to the physio room, Michael Owen was doubtful that Pogba would be line up against Swansea.
He said: ‘It’s going to be touch and go. You’re thinking it’s three or four days. It depends how big it is.
‘It’s obviously a bleed in the muscle when you get a good bang. I think he’ll be struggling with it.’
United promised an update on Pogba’s injury situation post-match.
Manchester united fans will feel the stars are alligned against them with this disturbing news as Pogba has been one of the few stars delivering good performances in the wake of the team’s struggles on the pitch