Paul Pogba out of United’s FA Cup clash with Huddersfield
Paul Pogba will play no part in Manchester United’s clash with Huddersfield in the fifth round of the FA Cup metro.co.uk reports. Much of the talk in the lead-up to the tie surrounded Pogba’s future following rumours that the 24-year-old is unhappy with his position at United and regrets returning to the club from Juventus.
Jose Mourinho labeled the speculation ‘b*******’ but the news that Pogba is out of Saturday afternoon’s fixture will only add fuel to the fire. The Red Devils confirmed on their Twitter page that the France midfielder will miss the clash after picking up an illness.
It’s understood Pogba was unwell during United’s defeat to Newcastle and ended his warm-up early before the match at St James’ Park. United Under-23 midfielder Ethan Hamilton has been promoted to Mourinho’s first-team squad and could face Huddersfield.
Paul Pogba will miss today's @EmiratesFACup tie at Huddersfield due to illness. U23s midfielder Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad. #MUFChttps://t.co/7YAoaV45KM pic.twitter.com/Yelg8eTPnu
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 17, 2018
Asked about his relationship with Pogba earlier this week, Mourinho replied: ‘I think you are nice with your words because when you say a lot of speculation you should say a lot of lies because I accept and can speak on Paul’s behalf without any kind of problem.
Paul accepts he has not been playing well but that’s all and if you want to speak about it that’s one thing and speculation your words makes a little bit of sense but the majority of things you can read and listen, don’t be polite, be objective and say lies.
‘I don’t have to speak with you about my conversations with my players, is my problem, the player’s problem, a big lie that our relation is not good, that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team so be objective and say what we all know.
‘In the last couple of matches he didn’t play well period, end of story, now it’s my problem and Paul’s to improve his performance level, you don’t need to be a liar.’