Le Tissier: Man United miss top 25-year-old more than people realise

The Southampton legend underlines Paul Pogba's absence as a big factor in Manchester United's recent struggles

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Pogba’s absence due to injury is a bigger miss for Manchester United than people realise, Matt Le Tissier has claimed.

The France international made a brilliant start to the season after a return of two goals and two assists in his opening four Premier League games.

Pogba was handed the captain’s armband for the first time when Manchester United hosted Swiss outfit Basel in the Champions League in September.

The 25-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during the European clash to keep the French midfielder sidelined for almost two months.

Pogba still hasn’t made his return to first-team affairs and Manchester Untied have suffered an alarming dip in form in the Premier League.

Indeed, Manchester United only managed to collect four points from their last four Premier League games to raise concerns about their title challenge.

Summer signing Romelu Lukaku has also struggled without Pogba’s creativity in midfield after a six-game goal drought in all competitions.

Former Southampton midfielder Le Tissier described Pogba’s injury as a bigger blow to Manchester United than first thought.

“Pogba being out of the team is a bigger miss than most people realise,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

“Jose realises it. He has changed the way the team is playing. He is being more pragmatic and picking up wins. He is trying to keep his team in it until Pogba comes back.”

Biography: Find out more about Paul Pogba

The Red Devils signed Pogba in a then world-record £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.

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