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Published: 09:04 | 13/9/17

Pogba could miss "a few weeks"


Jose Mourinho fears Paul Pogba could be out for a "few weeks" after he limped out of Manchester United's 3-0 win over FC BAsel.

The English side's return to Champions League football was a successful one, goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford securing a straightforward victory.

But the sight of captain for the night Pogba being replaced on 19 minutes after appearing to suffer a hamstring strain slightly overshadowed the game.

While Mourinho believes he could be without his record signing for a few games, its not something he was going to dwell on too long.

"I don't know [how bad the injury is]," he told MUTV. "I just know from experience it's a muscular injury.

"In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think. It looks for me too [like a hamstring injury] but I haven't spoken yet to the medical department.

"Squads are for this, squads are for injuries, squads are for suspensions. We don't cry with injuries.

"So if no Paul for Sunday, we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have Fellaini and we have [Nemanja] Matic."

Mourinho also thinks his Utd side are in the "second level" of teams behind the big guns such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"I think the Champions League for these teams that are you speaking [about] and for the Real Madrids, and the Barcelonas, and Bayerns, I think the Champions League starts in February," he continued.

"Now is just the warming up and in February when us English teams are trying to survive after the winter period, they are fresh and ready after this warm-up.

"For them, this is a warm-up. I think we are in the second level and the second level is let's qualify, let's make the points to qualify for the knockout phase.

"When you do that, if you do that, let's enjoy to play against the big guys."

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