Pogba illness concerns Mourinho

By Daily Sports on February 18, 2018

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Jose Mourinho faces an anxious wait to discover whether Paul Pogba can take part in Manchester United's midweek Champions League last 16 trip to Sevilla after he missed their FA Cup victory over Huddersfield Town.

An unspecified illness saw Pogba withdraw on the morning of Saturday's match in Huddersfield, which United won 2-0 thanks to two goals from Romelu Lukaku as they advanced into the quarterfinals.

United manager Mourinho, whose relationship with club-record signing Pogba has been under close scrutiny in recent weeks, insisted he did not even know what the illness was or how long the France midfielder may be unable to play, having planned to play him in a 4-3-3 system that the player considers his favourite.

"I don't know," said Mourinho when asked about the nature of Pogba's illness after Saturday's match.

"When I was told by the doctor this morning that he was not coming, I don't want to know anything else about it – I have to think who is going to replace him, what I am going to do because we worked hard during the week."

The Portuguese boss added: "Now is the time to think about Paul, to know what happened, why he didn't feel good enough to play, can he play or be available to help us on Wednesday?"

Pogba has reportedly been unhappy in recent weeks at the style Mourinho has adopted, generally playing him alongside Nemanja Matic in a two-man midfield.

United have been drawn to face Brighton in the last eight – a tie that revives memories of the 1983 FA Cup final when they eventually defeated the Seagulls after a Wembley replay.

Brighton, relegated from the old First Division at the end of that season, are currently just two points above the bottom three and Chris Hughton's side suffered a 1-0 defeat in the Premier League at Old Trafford in November.

© AFP

•Photo shows Paul Pogba.

Source Daily Sports

Posted February 18, 2018

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