Paul Pogba Set To Be Benched For Champions League Game
If anyone thought the rumours about a rift between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho were just going to go away then they were very much incorrect. Speculation will only intensify with reports that Pogba will be benched on Wednesday night.
Mourinho last week called suggestions that he and his midfielder fallen out 'bullshit' and said that Pogba was merely going through a bad spell of form. The former Juve midfielder then missed Saturday's FA Cup game with an illness.
The manager refused to confirm when the £89 million signing would be back but he has been pictured back in training this week and would have been expected to be back in the first team.
With the Premier League title all but guaranteed to head to Manchester City the Champions League is one of only two competitions United can win, along with the FA Cup, making the Sevilla away leg tonight one of their most important games of the season.
However reports say that Pogba will be starting from the bench against the La Liga side with Scott McTominay continuing in the starting XI:
Pre-match suggestion is that McTominay will start ahead of Pogba tonight. #mufc- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) February 21, 2018
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Mourinho still hasn't made mind up on right tonight - Mata or Martial - and decision could alter things but understand Pogba likelier to be back on bench. Let's see.- Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) February 21, 2018
There's currently no news as to whether it's due to him not recovering fully from his illness or whether it's based on form or possibly the idea of a falling out between manager and player continuing.
The thought has been that recently Pogba's form has been down to not playing in his preferred position, the left of a midfield three, and United played with a very clear midfield three against Huddersfield on Sunday.
McTominay being retained suggests that formation will continue on Wednesday night against Sevilla and the Red Devils may once again play a more counter attack focused game plan.
One thing for sure is that the rumours will not go away, especially not now.