Jose Mourinho reacts to Paul Pogba's ban for Man Utd vs Bournemouth

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The reaction amongst football fans was unanimous when Paul Pogba's ban for Manchester United's clash with Bournemouth was announced: shock.

Having secured a record-breaking £89 million move earlier this week, it was widely anticipated he would make his second debut in the Premier League on the opening weekend.

That will not the case, though, and Pogba must wait before making his bow.


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Jose Mourinho has since reacted to the announcement and, as it turns out, United's manager was vaguely aware of Pogba's predicament.

He said in a press conference on Friday, per the Mirror: "I found out two days ago.

"I knew the situation with the yellow cards but I didn’t know if an accumulation would bring a suspension."

Even Mourinho was caught off guard by Pogba's ban, it seems.

A one-game suspension - a result of two yellow cards in last season's Coppa Italia - will be the least of his worries, though, given how recently the France international completed a return to Old Trafford.

Perhaps it would be best for Pogba to readjust to his surroundings and build relationships with his new teammates before taking to the football pitch - in a competitive scenario anyway.

Mourinho did continue to confirm that football's record signing will be ready to face Southampton next week.

"By Tuesday he will be ready to play against Southampton," the 53-year-old added.

That was that on the Pogba front in Mourinho's press conference, at which point the former Chelsea boss took the opportunity to criticise his Premier League rivals.

"Many teams think they can win [the title] but they are afraid to say it, they prefer to play a defensive game in the press.

"Manchester United has to say on day one that we want to win the title."

One suspects his comments were aimed at Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp, who recently critiqued Pogba's £89 million move to United.

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