Manchester United football club Manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Paul Pogba will alleviate the pressure on Manchester United’s injury-depleted squad in returning for the Europa League semifinal against Celta Vigo on Thursday.
The French midfielder, who is also the world’s most expensive player has not been in action since limping out in the club’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley.
The 24-year-old joined other key players such as leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines.
Mourinho, who is battling on two fronts to qualify for the Champions League either through winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four in the Premier League, then had to watch Shaw limp off in the eighth minute of the Swansea match.
However, Mourinho was able to surprisingly name Spanish midfielders Juan Mata on the bench as he had not been expected to return till the very end of the season after undergoing groin surgery.
The 29-year-old Spaniard’s return comes in the wake of Mourinho imploring Smalling and Jones to fight to come back earlier than predicted to help out Ivory Coast central defender Eric Bailly who has been a rock in the defense but has not been able to be rested.