Paul Pogba

Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury is “long term” and has placed no timescale on his return.

The Manchester United boss says Pogba’s injury is in the same class as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

The 24-year-old French midfielder started against Basel as captain but limped off with a suspected hamstring problem in the first half and was reportedly seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches as his team eased to a 3-0 victory.

The Manchester United midfielder has been sidelined for the past 16 days after suffering a tear to his left hamstring in the 3-0 Champions League win over Basel at Old Trafford.

But there is understood to be concern at United that Pogba might still be unavailable by the time they are due to face champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on November 5 – five-and-a-half weeks from now – in what is the club’s final game before that month’s round of international fixtures.

United’s first match after that international break is not until November 18, at home to Newcastle.