Jose Mourinho blasted reports on Monday morning that Paul Pogba, Manchester United’s £89million midfielder, will be out for 12 weeks as ‘complete nonsense.’
The French midfielder picked up an injury during United’s 3-0 victory over Basel in their Champions League game last Tuesday, sparking fears he could be out for three months. But until the 24-year-old undergoes a further scan this week, the exact nature of the problem will not be discovered.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager and his medical staff were furious with the midfielder for not following club advice after receiving the injury, after the player hired a private trainer and undertook a private training regime. Follow our football predictions here.
The injury caused Pogba to miss Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday in which United came away with a 4-0 win.
Mourinho told a news conference: “I don’t know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days.
“Honestly, so any comment, any rumour is totally wrong, because we do not know if it is 12 weeks or 12 days.
“The player was diagnosed initially after the match because of the conditions of the muscle and the bleeding.
“The decision was one more week to wait and to see really clearly in the scans the dimension of the injury.
“And nobody in the club spoke about 12 days or 12 weeks. Not at all.
“It’s a muscular injury in the hamstring, but we have a normal procedure and wait a few more days. So it’s completely nonsense information.”
Whatever the outcome of the scan, it is doubtful Pogba will play in United’s remaining games this month. The first match at home against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup is on Wednesday night.
They have further high profile matches against Southampton CSKA Moscow, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Benfica in the coming weeks.