As it stands, Paul Pogba had missed the weekend game which seemingly cost United immensely. The prospect of losing Anthony Martial as well would mean the Red Devils have lost their top goal scorer and provider.
The derby loss clearly signified how dearly we missed Pogba and his ability to turn games around in a flash. With only one half of the so-called French connection on the pitch, Martial did as much as he could by scoring the penalty. But it was all for a lost cause, as it was a mere consolation in a match of two sides on contrasting run of form.
Going into the Manchester derby, the midfielder was already a doubt after he played through injury against Juventus. His unavailability was only disclosed with the team sheet, keeping both sets of fans curious.
Meanwhile, recent performances of the former Monaco star earned him a call-up to the national squad, but unfortunately he pulled out with a groin injury. Much to his annoyance as well as United and French fans, it could prove fatal as he may end up potentially losing his sparkling form.
And the ex-Juve man being inconsistently efficient, we can’t possibly know what the Old Trafford outfit might lose or gain over the course of season.
Mourinho said in his post match conference that Marouane Fellaini played through injury tell entire game, and if it was possible he would have wished to bring on a fresh Fellaini which might have caused problem for Manchester City in the last quarter of an hour.
The defensive issues coupled with the injury concerns, it is safe to say that the international break came at a good time for Mourinho’s side to sort out their issues and get things back together.
The only positive among these would be Diogo Dalot’s return before the break ends, easing the right-back issue. Dalot has only made 2 appearances once in a league cup match and the other against Young Boys in the Champions league.