Pogba to wait for Red Devils’ bow

12 Aug

Manchester United will be without suspended duo Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling for their trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Man United: Pogba to wait for Red Devils' bowMan United: Pogba to wait for Red Devils' bow

The Red Devils only found out on Wednesday that their £89million world record signing Pogba would be carrying a one-game ban over from the Coppa Italia final with Juventus.

Smalling is also banned following his sending off in the FA Cup final, but debuts are expected for Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Football Association used Twitter to say that the ban relates to two yellow cards issued in last season’s Coppa Italia. The second card came in the final, which was his last game for Juventus.

His debut is now likely to be against Southampton, at Old Trafford, next Friday.

United boss Jose Mourinho admitted he did not know when signing Pogba that he would miss the season opener and only received confirmation on Wednesday.

Asked at his pre-match press conference when he found out, Mourinho said: “Two days ago.

“I knew the situation with the yellow cards but I didn’t know at that time if an accumulation of yellow cards (in Italy) would bring a player suspension (in England).

“I didn’t know if a suspension from Italian football would be for the corresponding competition in England, which would be the first FA Cup match. I didn’t know so I was waiting for the decision.”

The Portuguese was in no mood to elaborate on the record signing’s absence, though.

“I don’t speak about him. He’s suspended,” he said.

“I don’t speak about suspended players or injured players, I speak only about the ones that are ready to play.

“So I forget Paul for a few days.”


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