Manchester United: Being Injured isn’t Going So Badly For Paul Pogba

Injuries, for athletes, can be some of the darkest and loneliest times of an athletes career.

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an article following the long recovery of Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who returned to the football pitch this week after 10 months out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Gundogan saw his return to fitness as his new job, working hours upon hours until he felt the pain again. “The general feeling,” he said, “is of loneliness.”

Across town at Manchester United, Paul Pogba is set to endure a period on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring a couple of weeks ago in the team’s 3-0 win over FC Basel in the Champions League.

Reports suggested the 24-year-old could be out for between four and 12 weeks, but recent videos of the French midfielder have suggested the former is more likely than the latter.



At this time of the season, with the domestic cup competitions and teams getting into European group stages, it is one of the busiest periods for a club.

Manchester United wants Pogba to return in the best possible form, and according to The Sun, the club has told him to go on a 10-day vacation before returning to work on his injury.

Pogba had a strong start to the season with a new partner. United had paid Chelsea £40 million (about $54 million) to bring Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford, and his presence is helping Pogba, allowing him to get further upfield.

But now Mourinho will have to make do without him, which he says will be fine. “Squads are for this,” Mourinho said. “Squads are for injuries, squads are for suspensions. So if no Paul for Sunday, we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have [Marouane] Fellaini and we have [Nemanja] Matic. We don't cry.”

Paul Pogba Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, September 12. Laurence Griffiths/Getty