By Mark Weasley
Manchester United central midfielder, Paul Pogba is expected to miss this weekend’s clash at home to Newcastle as his return from injury may come too soon in the game against the Magpies. The Daily Telegraph reports that despite Pogba closing in on a return from a hamstring complaint, he may not be fully fit for the match against the newly promoted side.
The former Juventus man has missed our last 12 matches after suffering a hamstring injury back in September, in our opening Champions League match of the season, which ended in a 3-0 victory for us over Basel. United have missed his dominance in the middle of the park, as we are now eight points behind our bitter rivals, Manchester City who have capitalised on our indifferent form to open up that margin at the top of the table.
Pogba looked to be finally repaying the faith that manager, Jose Mourinho showed in him last season by shelling out £89m for his services, as the 24-year-old displayed excellent performances at the beginning of the season before injury curtailed his progress. Last season, Pogba struggled to live up to his massive transfer fee and the defensive responsibilities placed on him by Mourinho.
However, the signing of Matic and Lukaku have galvanised the player, as he has looked a totally different player form last season at the beginning of the season by asserting his authority in matches. Pogba has had a hand in 4 goals (2 goals and 2 assists) in as many matches this season in the league, meaning that he has improved on his efficiency In the final third, a trait United players don’t currently possess.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to aggravate his injury by rushing him as that could be counterproductive and may result to more time on the treatment table than on the pitch of play.
Pogba is a central midfielder known for his technical abilities. He is famed for his passing, ability to bring others into play and his creativity when taking the ball from his teams half to that of the opponent.
He joined a united last summer for a then world record fee of £89m and has scored 11 times in 55 matches, winning the EFL Cup, Community Shield and Europa League, including getting through Man of the Match award in the latter.