Massive: Pogba suspended for Manchester United’s first game of new season
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Massive: Pogba suspended for Manchester United’s first game of new season

The FA have revealed that Paul Pogba have been suspended for Manchester United’s first game of the new season.

Having joined for £89 million last week, many Red Devils fans were looking forward to seeing the midfielder in action against Bournemouth on Sunday.

However, they will now have to wait until at least August 19, and their clash with Southampton.

It could be an even longer hold-up, with the 23-year-old likely to be rested after being in action for France at Euro 2016.

According to the FA, the midfielder is suspended for one match after being given two yellow cards during Juventus’ Coppa Italia campaign last season.

This has transferred to England, and will be served on the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Pogba was initially understood to prefer a move to Real Madrid but Raiola advised him on rejoining United.

Zinedine Zidane also lobbied Real president Florentino Perez to sign Pogba but the Champions League winners were reluctant to match United’s fee.

If Mourinho can get the best out of Pogba then United have the prospect of a unique talent hitting his stride at Manchester United, which has not happened since Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosion 10 years ago.

He could deliver the Premier League, help them towards the Champions League, and re-establish United’s place at the peak of the European game. In doing so Mourinho would prove himself to be still relevant, still powerful, even as he approaches his mid-50s.

Pogba is naturally gifted, even more, emblematic of the new generation of footballers. Like most young players, he is obsessed by the prospect of winning the Ballon d’Or and has spent his whole career telling friends how much he wants it. “His objective is the Ballon d’Or,” admitted his personal trainer, Didier Reiss, last year, “and he will leave no stone unturned to get there.”

This is a common attitude for talented players of Pogba’s generation, who have grown up in the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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