Absence makes Man Utd grow fonder for Pogba

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho has confirmed that veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimović is in "no condition" to start a game for The Red Devils, with the Swede named on the bench for Wednesday's clash with Basel.

United have opted for Sergio Romero in goal, with Chris Smalling and Marco Rojo joined in defence by Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.

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Rio Ferdinand believes the return of Paul Pogba has meant that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had to be dropped at Manchester United. "We play Brighton in two days I need to give some players a rest and I need to give some players a chance". Having toiled in Pogba's absence, recently taking four points from a possible 12 in the Premier League, United rediscovered their swagger against Newcastle United on Saturday when the Frenchman made his return. But at least I respect the effort of trying to make a positive pitch after it being so bad in the playoffs in the national team. However, Mourinho's men have lost just one of their last nine Champions League games and have looked strong in Europe this season so I think they'll edge this one.

"In some positions where you don't have injuries, you don't have options, and always the same players are playing, in the midfield it was the same a bit". The story is always the same.

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"In this moment, we have Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay".

"Normally, he is going to play, and I would say it will be a little bit more comfortable for him to play a bit more than he did the last match", Mourinho added. "Instead of 15 [minutes], I would say 20, 25".

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Mkhitaryan started the season in fine form but has been struggling to influence matches in recent weeks, particularly the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and defeats to Huddersfield Town and Chelsea.

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