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Manchester United had a great start in their return to the Champions League, easily taking control of their group stages games against Swiss side FC Basel in the opening 15 minutes of the game. But the magnificent start has been marred for the Old Trafford giants after key midfielder Paul Pogba picked up a hamstring injury.
The injury came about when Pogba to fight too hard in a bid to win the ball, catching his heel a bit awkwardly on the rain-soaked turf at Old Trafford and immediately coming up with his left leg in his hands. The French midfielder still tried to wave off the injury, but two minutes later, he was calling for substitution from the bench and going down on the field.
It could wreak havoc on United’s midfield, who do not have a suitable replacement for the iconic Pogba. He has been a key part of their early-season successes, winning the captain’s armband and propelling Manchester United to the top of English football.
If Pogba’s injury turns out to be long term, it could dent their hope of claiming the Premier League title, with matches against Everton, Southampton and Liverpool all coming up in the met month and the Red Devils requiring a strong midfield for those challenge. Maroune Fellaini moved in after Pogba left the pitch against Basel, but they lack someone who makes their midfield impenetrable.