It’s fair to say that Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is sounding a little frustrated as the wait goes on for him to welcome back a key figure from injury.
After sustaining a hamstring strain against Basel in the Champions League on September 12, Paul Pogba has been going through rehabilitation to recover but was seen back at Carrington last week through social media posts from himself and teammate Jesse Lingard.
It’s been over a month since the initial setback though, and it doesn’t sound like Mourinho is any closer to knowing when he will welcome his midfield star back to action with United undoubtedly missing his presence in the side.
Although they’ve done well overall to maintain their form in his absence, there’s no doubt that Pogba makes them a better team, and frustratingly for the French international too, he had started the campaign in good form with two goals and two assists in four Premier League outings.
“I have no idea,” Mourinho said, as reported by The Mirror. “Honestly. I am not in control of his recovery process. He is not training with me. He is on individual work and when a player is on individual work I cannot predict.
“I would expect Marcos Rojo to return after the international break because he is training with me. But with Paul I have no idea.”
It remains to be seen when Pogba eventually gives his side a lift with a return, but United will undoubtedly be hoping it’s sooner rather than later. Mourinho prepares for a trip to Chelsea next weekend before visiting Arsenal on December 2 while they’ve also got the conclusion of the Champions League group stage to navigate past too.
In turn, while he’s got a deep squad to cover injuries, having Pogba in the middle of the pitch will put them in a stronger position to come through with positive results.