Jose Mourinho is not sure whether Paul Pogba will be up for Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash with Sevilla.
Pogba recovered from illness to be in the squad that day and is now fighting to be I the starting line up for return leg having missed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool with an injury sustained in training on the eve of the game.
The France international did not appear in much discomfort at Old Trafford after the match and Mourinho is waiting to see whether he can return.
‘I don’t know,’ the United boss said of Pogba’s availability for Tuesday. ‘He’s downstairs now and I will go and speak with him. The injury? It was contact with a player in the last minute of the training session (on Friday).
ven if he is fit, Pogba may find it hard to start given how well-balanced United’s midfield looked against Liverpool ahead of Sevilla’s visit and the FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton.
‘Seville and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool,’ Mourinho said after the 2-1 win.
‘Liverpool is Liverpool, it is a big match, it is a match against a direct competition for the top four, but nothing is decided yet. We have eight more games and 24 points to play for.
Those comments may not be surprising, but Mourinho’s stance on Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp perhaps is.
The United boss got sent to the stands for accidentally putting his foot over the touchline earlier this season, whereas the German was let off the hook despite bursting out of his technical area down the touchline late in the second half.
‘Probably you are not expecting my answer – I’m happy with the decision,’ Mourinho said. ‘Because he was not speaking against the referee. He was upset with a player and the same happened to me against Crystal Palace where I was upset with my player and therefore they (the officials) understood that too.
‘I think Martin Atkinson (the fourth official) after so many years of this, I think made the right decision. I saw it. He was very upset with his player and not at the referee.