JOSE MOURINHO fears Paul Pogba will be out for ‘weeks’ not days with the hamstring injury that took the gloss off Manchester United’s straightforward return to the Champions League.
Last night’s Old Trafford encounter with Basel ended their 644-day absence from European football’s top table and it was as comfortable a reintroduction as they could have hoped for.
Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed United into a deserved first-half lead and compatriot Romelu Lukaku followed suit early in the second period with his first goal in the Champions League group stage.
Marcus Rashford came off the bench to net his first goal in the competition and wrap up a 3-0 win against Basle on a night when Pogba’s hamstring complaint took the gloss off the Group A victory.
An evening that started with him leading United out as captain for the first time was brought to an halt inside 19 minutes, with the 24-year-old reportedly seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.
‘I don’t know [what the severity is],’ Mourinho said. ‘I just know from experience it’s a muscular injury.
‘In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think.
‘Squads are for this, squads are for injuries, squads are for suspensions. We don’t cry with injuries.
‘So if no Paul for Sunday, we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have Fellaini and we have [Nemanja] Matic.’
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