Mid­field­ers should take Pogba chance

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SA­MUEL LUCKHURST sa­muel.luckhurst@men-news.co.uk @samuel­luck­hurst

JOSE Mourinho has said Paul Pogba’s in­jury will give Michael Car­rick, An­der Her­rera and Marouane Fel­laini op­por­tu­ni­ties in the United mid­field.

Her­rera has started just two games this sea­son but was sub­sti­tuted in both and Fel­laini is yet to make a start, de­spite his im­pres­sive show­ings when com­ing off the bench.

The Bel­gian scored his sec­ond goal of the sea­son in the mid­week Cham­pi­ons League win over Basel and was man of the match, but Car­rick re­mained on the side­lines and has not made an ap­pear­ance this sea­son.

Mourinho said Pogba is due to miss a ‘few matches’ and spoke en­cour­ag­ingly about his mid­field op­tions to sup­ple­ment new sign­ing Ne­manja Matic. “We have play­ers and we have play­ers wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity,” Mourinho said.

“Be­cause we started the sea­son re­ally well with one match per week, no need for rest­ing, no need for changes, we were ba­si­cally go­ing with the same play­ers, but there are good play­ers more than ready to play.

“So, hon­estly, we miss Pogba, we need Pogba, but we have good play­ers. Her­rera, Fel­laini and Car­rick – they are wait­ing for a real chance to start the matches and to play matches from the be­gin­ning and they are ready, so this is also our way of think­ing.

“We lost im­por­tant play­ers last sea­son dur­ing the sea­son in cru­cial mo­ments of the sea­son and we were not cry­ing or get­ting ex­cuses about that.”

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