Paul Pogba exits with lower-body injury

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has left his team’s opening UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel due to an apparent lower-body injury.

Pogba was then promptly replaced by Marouane Fellaini. Upon stepping in for his injured teammate, Fellaini scored on a header off an Ashley Young cross into the box to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead.

Pogba is in his second stint with Manchester United. He began his professional career with the historic English Premier League club back in 2010-11, but he did not make a single appearance for the club. The following year, Pogba appeared in seven matches but did not register a goal. He then proceeded to leave Manchester United in favor of Juventus, playing in 37 games during his first year with the Italian club. He ended up scoring five goals.

In 2013-14, Pogba played in a career-high 51 games, recording nine goals for Juventus. The French native went on to score 10 goals in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, his final two years with the top-flight Serie A squad. In August 2016, Pogba returned to Manchester United, signing a five-year deal for €105 million, which, at the time, was the highest football transfer fee in the history of the sport. He went on to equal his career high of 51 games during his first season with Manchester United, scoring nine goals.

Although his immediate future on the pitch remains in question, the 24-year-old midfielder has gotten off to a solid start already this season, scoring a pair of goals during his first five contests.

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