Jose Mourinho: What’s different about Man United without Paul Pogba

The Manchester United manager admits the Red Devils have struggled without Paul Pogba

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has appeared to admit that Manchester United were lacking in quality without Paul Pogba.

The France international has been sidelined with a hamstring problem since a 3-0 victory over Swiss outfit Basel in the Champions League group stage in September.

Manchester United made a brilliant start to the season thanks in part to Pogba, who scored two goals and made two assists in four games before his injury setback.

Pogba’s absence has triggered a poor run of results following a return of four points from four games in the Premier League before the international break.

Manchester United have been accused of lacking creativity in midfield without their club-record signing.

Speaking at his media conference at Carrington training ground on Friday ahead of Pogba’s potential return to first-team action, Mourinho accepted that the French star has been missed.

“Paul, now I can speak because he’s back, I don’t like to speak while he was injured, but you can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury,” Mourinho said.

“There are qualities in our football, there are qualities that influence our approach in matches with Pogba and without Pogba – it’s as simple as that.”

Manchester United signed Pogba in a £90m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.

The France international scored five goals and made four assists during his first season back in the Premier League.

The Red Devils haven’t won the top-flight crown since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

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