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Pogba could miss Manchester derby as Mourinho rues latest United injury

Date Posted,April 22, 2017

Paul Pogba is a doubt for the Manchester derby on Thursday.

The Frenchman came off in added time at Turf Moor as Manchester United recorded a 2-0 win.

It came on the back of the extra-time victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League where Pogba played the full 120 minutes, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Mourinho lauded Pogba as a ‘hero’ for performing so well after his two-hour Europa League outing and described him as ‘dead’ after a taxing week.

“I don’t know,” Mourinho said. “Dead he is for sure, if he’s injured or if it’s just the super accumulation of fatigue in the muscles, I don’t know.

Pogba is fouled by Burnley’s Andre Gray (Photo: REUTERS)
Pogba in action with Robbie Brady (Photo: John Peters)

“But as I was saying, if he cannot play Thursday he cannot play Thursday, we play another one and we don’t cry, like we didn’t today.”

Mourinho did express his sadness at Marcos Rojo’s and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injuries a day after United confirmed the pair had suffered ‘significant’ knee ligament damage.

United wore training tops with the duo’s names printed on the back at Burnley and Mourinho described Rojo and Ibrahimovic as ‘amazing’ players.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United warms up (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Manchester United players warm up (Photo: REUTERS)
Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini warm up (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“We cry because we have two important injuries to two amazing guys,” he added.

“But we don’t cry because we lose qualities on the pitch, we just cry because they are important injuries, with two important surgeries and two important periods of recovery.

“And we feel for our friends.”

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