The 29-year-old started the game against Liverpool in the crucial Premier League encounter on Tuesday night. However, the Frenchman only lasted about 10 minutes before being substituted due to a muscle injury.
Rangnick’s side were already 1-0 down before the forced substitution and in the end, the record Premier League champions conceded three more goals and endured an agonizing 4-0 defeat against their arch-rival.
Speaking on MUTV, United’s boss has stated that the injury might force Pogba out of action for a while and he will remain sidelined for the next two fixtures against Arsenal and Chelsea, Rangnick said:
“He pulled his calf muscle and, as it seems right now, this will not be an injury like the one Fred has which will be gone in one week. I fear he will not be available for Arsenal or Chelsea.”
Manchester United are struggling with their injury issues over the past few games as Scott McTominay, Fred, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw were already sidelined, while Paul Pogba is also set to miss out on the next few games.
The Red Devils’ lack of squad depth was apparent on Tuesday night, following the Frenchman’s substitution the record Premier League champions remained without a recognized centre-midfielder at their disposal.
With Arsenal and Chelsea games on the horizon for Rangnick’s side, it will be a huge concern for the German boss as to who should be deployed in the middle of the park, given Nemanja Matic might struggle to play two games in a week at this stage of his career.
Following this defeat, Manchester United have now missed out on the opportunity to close the gap with Tottenham in the fourth spot. The Red Devils remained in sixth place with 54 points in 33 games, three points behind Spurs, having played one extra game.