Mourinho rues Pogba's absence

18 March 2017 06:47:56 EST

Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United's hectic schedule is the reason why Paul Pogba will miss Sunday's visit to Middlesbrough.

The former Juventus midfielder picked up a hamstring injury during Thursday's Europa League victory against FC Rostov.

Mourinho will be without suspended duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera for the trip to Teesside while Daley Blind sustained a head injury on Thursday.

Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all doubtful as United, who have already won the EFL Cup this season, chase a top-four finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League.

"My teams' injury records are very, very good," said Mourinho. "It's very difficult for my players to get injuries and obviously Pogba's injury was due to an accumulation of fatigue.

"He felt something in the first half and, in the second half, he immediately felt like he couldn't carry on. Even a physical monster like him couldn't carry on. But, of course, he was one of the players who has never had a rest.

"He played every game. Even at Blackburn [in the FA Cup], he was on the bench and he played half-an-hour. I think the Monday night game [the 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea] with ten men also paid a price. So Paul is paying the price."

United are 4/6 to beat Boro and 1000/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

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