How Will Manchester United Cope With The Loss Of Injured Paul Pogba?

Lynette Rowe
September 17, 2017

The 35-year-old veteran striker - who defied the critics in scoring 28 goals for United last season, including crucial goals in their Community Shield and League Cup victories - told "Inside United" he had not let the ligament injury get him down.

Marouane Fellaini was brought on to replace the French global and the Belgian proved why he is so important to Jose Mourinho by putting United ahead before setting up Marcus Rashord later in the second half.

The returning Liverpudlian will be respected and get the reception he deserves by United fans on Sunday.

United enjoyed their return to the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Basel, however The Toffees lost 3-0 to Atalanta on Thursday in their first Europa League group match.

Ronald Koeman says Everton must improve defensively if they are to contain the "dangerous" Romelu Lukaku against Manchester United on Sunday.

"It's not just about the striker", Mourinho said.

A game that is full of reunions, Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini will welcome their old side to Manchester, while Wayne Rooney joins Keane as the English pair return to Old Trafford, as a Blue, for the first time.

Written off by many upon switching Paris St Germain for Old Trafford last summer, the veteran striker silenced the doubters by netting 28 goals in his maiden campaign in English football.

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The former England captain was only 18 when he arrived at United from Everton for £25.6m in August 2004, and Mourinho does not believe Lukaku will have the time to match Rooney's achievements.

The 24-year-old has settled in nicely at his new club, and has scored four goals so far in the Premier League.

Everton have attempted just seven shots on target in their four Premier League games this season; a joint-low alongside Swansea City, with just one of these coming in their last two matches.

We all know José Mourinho's tendencies of getting ultra-defensive when the big games approach, and at this early stage of the season, the Portuguese tactician has not yet had the urgent need for this tactical switch.

Lukaku has made an impressive start to his United career since arriving from Everton for £75million in July, a day after Rooney made the move in the opposite direction.

He said: "I am not going to compare".

"He is injured and he can not play on Sunday", the manager told us.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, and Luke Shaw will miss out for the hosts while Paul Pogba will also be absent after suffering a hamstring injury in the midweek Champions League game.

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