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Manchester United Dealt Blow As Paul Pogba Picks Up Injury For France

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester United Dealt Blow As Paul Pogba Picks Up Injury For France

Manchester United have been dealt their latest blow, with Paul Pogba picking up an injury on international duty that is expected to rule him out of a very busy period.

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Nothing is going right for United at the moment, who have recently been hammered at home by rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, and are already nine points off Chelsea in top spot.

A damning report on Monday showed how bad thing have got at the club, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be hanging on to his job by a thread right now.

The last thing that he needs is one of his most talented players to pick up a long term injury but, no matter what anyone thinks of Pogba, that is what's happened.

The midfielder is currently on international duty with France and it was reported on Monday night that he'd been withdrawn from the squad after picking up an injury in training.

According to RMC, the 'first diagnosis' is saying that the former Juventus star will be out for eight to 10 weeks, which would mean at the earliest he wouldn't be back till 2022.

With the busy Christmas period on the horizon, it's not ideal at all for Solskjaer and United, especially with so many players already underperforming.

Roy Keane revealed his frustration at the manager's continued use of Fred at the weekend, and one less midfielder will only mean more game time for the Brazilian.

One player who might actually benefit is Donny van de Beek. The former Ajax man's lack of game time has become somewhat of a sad joke and a stick to rightfully beat the manager with.

Van de Beek might actually get a start now. Image: PA Images
Van de Beek might actually get a start now. Image: PA Images

Pogba was sent off in the 5-0 walloping by Liverpool and so missed the Manchester derby, as well as the win over Spurs, he was already set to miss the game with Watford after the international break, to finish off his suspension.

However he will now miss the Champions League group games against Villarreal and Young Boys, that will decide whether the Premier League side make it through.

On top of that he'll also miss games against top four rivals Chelsea and newly invigorated Arsenal, as well as the whole of a busy December including the Christmas period.

It's also a blow to France and Didier Deschamps who aren't yet secure of their place at next winter's World Cup, but with Kazakhstan and Finland coming up they should still have enough to qualify.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Premier League, Manchester United, Paul Pogba

Ryan Sidle
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