£290,000-a-week Man United injured star will miss the rest of the month

Man United reportedly fear Paul Pogba is facing a long spell on the sidelines than originally anticipated. The 27-year-old midfielder limped off during the first-half of the Red Devils 3-3 draw with Everton on the weekend, February 6 with a thigh injury.

Paul missed the FA Cup fifth-round win against West Ham United last Tuesday and Sunday’s draw with West Brom as a result. Red Devils are now concerned Pogba could be facing at least another fortnight out with the same thigh problem, ruling him out of UEL matches with Real Sociedad and Sunday’s game with Newcastle United.

Following that run of fixtures, the Red Devils face crunch encounters away to Chelsea and Man City that could define their campaign, with no timescale on France international’s come back for those games. Red Devils stay second in the PL but are now seven points adrift of leaders Man City having played a game more.

Man United have won only one of their last five matches in the league, a 9-0 thrashing of Southampton, taking only a point from games against the league’s bottom two during that run. Bruno Fernandes joked he gifted James an assist with his second goal after the Welshman appeared to miscontrol the ball in the build-up.

The Red Devils have missed the French midfielder’s ability on the ball in their recent matches after a much-improved campaign from the footballer. Donny van de Beek has been given chances in his absence, starting against West Ham and coming off the bench against West Brom but has struggled to deliver any real impact.