Charlie Adam tells opposition teams how to exploit big Man United weakness

Pogba has often been subject to criticism that his off-the-field antics overshadow his performances on the pitch, but I think it's safe to say that no one can claim that he is not providing the goods for Jose Mourinho this season.

Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford made it a comfortable return to the Champions League for the Red Devils.

Losing a player of Pogba's class and sheer presence is, by necessity, dilapidating for the rest of the squad, but United displayed against Basel a promising capacity to dominate games even without their star man in midfield.

An evening that started with him leading United out as captain for the first time was brought to an halt inside 19 minutes, with the 24-year-old reportedly seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.

United manager Jose Mourinho commented afterwards: "I keep saying the same about Fellaini". Now we finish at home too [against CSKA Moscow], which gives us a chance to play here in the last match in case we need these points to qualify. I just know from experience it's a muscular injury.

But Mourinho was fuming with his side for taking their foot off the pedal when it reached 2-0.

"There were bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStadium football, tricks".

"Big? Small? I don't know, but a hamstring for sure". Until 2-0 we were very stable, we played with confidence.

"Losing 3-0 to Manchester United is not something you can be happy with, but I'm not disappointed with my team, I'm disappointed by the result", the Basle head coach said.



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