Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho found out about Paul Pogba’s suspension for the weekend trip to Bournemouth two days ago, he revealed on Friday.
Pogba, who completed a world record £89million move from Juventus on Tuesday, will sit out the trip to Vitality Stadium on Sunday due to a one-match ban from domestic action carried over from his time in Italy.
The France international picked up a booking as Juve lost the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final to Inter and was then shown another yellow in their final win over AC Milan.
Although the matches were over two months apart, the cautions meant a one-match Coppa ban that has now been carried over to the Premier League.
Mourinho told reporters at his news conference: “I knew the situation with the yellow cards but I didn’t know at that time if an accumulation of yellow cards would bring a player to suspension.
“I didn’t know if the suspension would be in Italian football, a suspension for the same competition, or the correspondent competition in England, the FA Cup. I didn’t know that, so I was waiting for the decision.
“And I found out two days ago.”
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Another man not involved in United’s trip to the south coast is Adnan Januzaj, with the Belgium international on Friday joining Sunderland on a season-long loan.
Januzaj’s career has stalled over the past two years but Mourinho is adamant the 21-year-old remains in his long-term thinking and is hoping he will flourish at the Stadium of Light under former United boss David Moyes.
He said: “He fits in my plans which is why he’s on loan at a Premier League club.
“If he didn’t fit into my plans then we don’t care about where he’s going. We care about him and think he’s a talented player.
“I want to give him all the conditions to develop and to play well. He is in the right place with a manager that likes him a lot. Hopefully everything will go well for him because we want him back.”