Paul Pogba's injury could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
The Frenchman left the field clutching his hamstring shortly half-time of the Europa League second leg against FC Rostov.
As frustrating as it may be for the former Juventus man, it could certainly benefit him to take some time out of the spotlight.
It's been a mixed debut season for the 24-year-old. The stats suggest he's been doing just fine, but he hasn't quite proven himself as an £89million player just yet.
Of course, the amount of scrutiny he's under can't be helping him.
The FA Cup defeat to Chelsea saw him take a real hammering. It was essential that he made a big impact against Rostov, but his injury robbed him of the second half.
In the first 45 minutes, he was quiet but efficient.
However, there was one moment that caught the eye of a lot of fans, and it didn't show Pogba in the best light.
Picking up the ball in the final third, he attempted to play a pass out to the wing, only for the ball to trickle behind for a goal-kick.
The last player we saw do something like that was Paulinho. Just saying.
Fortunately for United fans, they won't have to watch any more moments like that in the Middlesbrough game, which he's definitely out for. He's also set to miss the international break.
Pogba slated again
It could well benefit Pogba to take a little time out. It may also prove a point to his doubters if United end up missing him badly.
There was no excusing that pass, though, and it got exactly the reaction you'd expect.
For a relatively young player to become the world's most expensive footballer, it must carry a huge burden.
Feeling the pressure
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo didn't seem to be affected by that mantle, but Pogba is an altogether different type of player.
Anyway, it's probably best not to criticise him too much, lest Jose Mourinho should hear.
Prior to facing Rostov, the United boss slammed Pogba's critics, whipping out his usual line about them being jealous of his money. It's getting pretty weird now, actually.
“It’s not Paul’s fault gets 10 times money and some ex-players need money," he said, per the Mirror.
"I and the club are very happy with Paul. “He doesn’t give an ass what people say.”
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