Manchester United made an impressive return to Champions League, but at a cost

Manchester United are finally back in Champions League. Following an absence of two years, United made an impressive return to Champions League as they defeated Swiss side Basel 3-0 in their group-opener at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

In a rather comfortable group, which also includes Benfica and CSKA Moscow, United are favourites to finish the top spot, and their win over Basel further cemented their credentials in their group.

Romelu Lukaku was once again on the target while Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford also managed to put their names on the scoresheet. However, the win over Swiss champions came at a huge price for the Red Devils as they lost midfielder Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury in the first half of the game.

The French midfielder was made captain for the game by manager Jose Mourinho as Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia started the game on the bench. But, he only lasted 18 minutes on the pitch before making way for Marouane Fellaini. Following the game, Pogba left Old Trafford on crutches according to the reports.

It is a huge loss for United, who are set to face Everton at home on Sunday. Pogba has been one of United’s most influential players this season and has played a huge part in their impressive start to the season.

The 24-year-old has scored a couple of goals and has provided a couple of assists for United in the league this season. On the back of his performances, he was also adjudged United’ Player of the Month for August.

Following the game, Mourinho confirmed that Pogba has suffered a hamstring injury, but he failed to provide any timeline on the player’s recovery.

“From experience, looking and feeling it, I think it’s a hamstring,” Mourinho said. “Big? Small? I don’t know, but hamstring for sure.”

The Portuguese manager also insisted that he has a number of options to deal with the absence of Pogba.

He said: “I didn’t speak yet with him or the medical department but the squad is for injuries, the squad is for suspensions.

“We don’t cry with injuries, so no Paul for Sunday? We have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have Fellaini and we have [Nemanja] Matic.”

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