Pogba hands boost to Mour­inho

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PAUL Pogba has given United fans a pos­i­tive fit­ness up­date as he con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery from a ham­string in­jury.

The 24-year-old has not played since he was forced off just 19 min­utes into the Reds’ Champions League win over Basel on Septem­ber 12.

Pogba left Old Traf­ford on crutches and his in­jury was deemed ‘long-term’ by man­ager Jose Mour­inho last month.

The Reds boss had pre­vi­ously dis­missed re­ports that Pogba could be side­lined for 12 weeks as ‘com­plete non­sense’, and just over four weeks on from suf­fer­ing his in­jury, the France in­ter­na­tional has given United sup­port­ers an in­sight into his re­cov­ery.

Pogba has posted a flurry of videos on his In­sta­gram ac­count of him on a tread­mill, work­ing on his up­per body strength, test­ing his ham­strings and cool­ing off in an ice bath.

Three United play­ers suc­cumbed to in­jury dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, but Pogba has given Mour­inho hope of a re­turn later this month.

United are with­out Marouane Fel­laini after he suf­fered a knee lig­a­ment in­jury in Bel­gium’s win over Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina last week, while Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones also nursed in­juries on in­ter­na­tional duty.

Lukaku re­cov­ered to make a goalscor­ing cameo in Bel­gium’s vic­tory against Cyprus on Tues­day evening and Jones could re­cover in time for United’s Pre­mier League trip to Liver­pool on Saturday.

Pogba be­gan the cam­paign su­perbly but Mour­inho stressed United were not miss­ing him after they beat Crys­tal Palace 4-0 two weeks ago.

“We never miss the play­ers that are in­jured,” Mour­inho said.

“That’s our way of see­ing [it]. They are in­jured, we don’t think about them.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for oth­ers, is a mo­ment for oth­ers to step up and to get the chance, so I think that’s good.

“When we moan all the time about in­juries it looks like we don’t trust the other peo­ple and we have to.”

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