Pogba banned from Manchester United Opener


The Football Association has revealed Paul Pogba is suspended for Manchester United’s opening Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday.

The midfielder joined United from Juventus for £89m in the early hours of Tuesday morning and there had been speculation he could make his debut against the Cherries despite taking a holiday in the United States following France’s Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal and only starting pre-season training this week.

However, his name has appeared on a list of four players tweeted out by the FA as suspended for this weekend’s fixtures, including his United team-mate Chris Smalling.

The ban relates to two yellow cards issued in last season’s Coppa Italia. The second card came in the final, which was his last game for Juventus.

Alvaro Morata scores the winner for Juventus v AC Milan in the Coppa Italia Pogba’s United debut is now likely to be against Southampton at Old Trafford next week.

United manager Jose Mourinho admitted he learned of Pogba’s suspension on Wednesday and had been waiting for the decision as he knew about the yellow cards but was not sure if the ban would carry over to the Premier League.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday lunchtime ahead of the trip to the Vitality Stadium, Mourinho said: “I don’t speak about him [Pogba]. He is suspended. I don’t speak about the ones that are not ready to play, so I forget Paul for a few days. Tuesday he will be ready to play against Southampton.




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