Injured Pogba to miss Middlesbrough match and France games

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Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United’s Premier League match
against Middlesbrough on Sunday and withdraw from the France
squad due to the hamstring injury he suffered against Rostov.

United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Pogba will be
sidelined after having to be replaced two minutes into the
second half of Thursday’s Europa League victory over the
Russians.

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Mourinho’s men won 1-0 on the night at Old Trafford to seal a
2-1 aggregate triumph in the last-16 tie, but saw the France
midfielder limp off to be replaced by Marouane Fellaini.

The 24-year-old gestured to his leg and headed straight down
the tunnel after sustaining the problem when pressing a
Rostov player, applauding the home fans on his way off.

“Yes, hamstring,” Mourinho said of Pogba’s injury at his
post-match media conference.

“I don’t know for sure how long, but no Middlesbrough and no
national team.”

Pogba had been named in France’s squad to face Luxembourg in
World Cup qualifying and Spain in a high-profile friendly for
next week’s international break.

A goal from Juan Mata proved to be enough for United in a tense
second leg, with Mourinho impressed by his side’s battling
qualities.

“Our plan was to kill the game when we had energy for that,” he
said. 

“We tried to kill it in the first half, we hit the post, the
keeper saved, we missed chances. Then they were trying, but my
players fought hard.

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“Rostov are a very difficult team to play against because they
defend with a block of 10 players. It was difficult for
everyone. Atletico Madrid, Bayern, Anderlecht, Ajax, Sparta
Prague, Man United – everyone found it difficult to play
against them. 

“They are very organised, big discipline, and they can be
dangerous on the counter-attack.”

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