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Paul Pogba will miss out on Manchester United's FA Cup fifth round clash with Huddersfield, today through illness and the Frenchman is set to have a surprise replacement in Jose Mourinho's match day squad for the trip to West Yorkshire.
The former Juventus midfielder has seen his future at Old Trafford brought into question over the last couple of weeks after a series of under par performances and a reported falling out with Jose Mourinho over the Portuguese manager's use of him in the first team.
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Mourinho has since refuted such reports and has revealed there are no problems between him and his £89 million midfielder.
But today, the United manager must do without the one time most expensive player in world football and has instead replaced Pogba with U23 midfielder Ethan Hamilton.
Paul Pogba will miss today's @EmiratesFACup tie at Huddersfield due to illness. U23s midfielder Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad. #MUFChttps://t.co/7YAoaV45KM pic.twitter.com/Yelg8eTPnu- Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 17, 2018
This evening's game at the Kirklees Stadium will be Hamilton's first inclusion in United's first team squad. The 19-year-old Scottish midfielder will wear the number 48 shirt, according to United's official website.
Hamilton has made seven UEFA Youth League appearances, this season, scoring once. He also turned out for United's U23's team against Chelsea, last night.
United's Under-18s manager Kieran McKenna said of Hamilton, last season, "He is a fantastic character around the group and another one with a great training mentality every day. He's a hard worker who wants to get better and develop himself.
"He's a really solid player for the group as well as being a good talent. With his attitude, it could certainly carry him very far in his career."
I for one welcome our new Ethan Hamilton overlord.- Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) February 17, 2018
Hamilton joined United when he was 16-years-old, from Edinburgh based youth team Hutchinson Vale.
Will he manage to make it onto the pitch for today's fifth round tie, though?
(H/T Manchester United)
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