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'The sooner Pogba comes back the better' - Man Utd goal struggles down to absent star, says Robson

01:31 GMT+3 03/11/2017
Paul Pogba Manchester United
The France international midfielder has been missing since mid-September and the Red Devils have seen their early spark extinguished without him

Manchester United’s struggle to produce their early-season spark is down to the ongoing absence of Paul Pogba, says Bryan Robson.

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The Red Devils have been without the services of their £89 million midfielder since September 12.

An unfortunate hamstring injury picked up in a Champions League meeting with Basel has kept Pogba out of 11 fixtures and counting.

Jose Mourinho has conceded that he still has “no idea” when the 24-year-old will be back, which spells bad news for former captain Robson who considers United to be missing a key cog in a unit which burst out of the blocks in 2017-18.

"The only thing which is a little bit of a shame for United so far, because I think United might have had even more points on the board, is if Pogba had been fit all the time," he told Betsafe.

"Because I thought the balance of Matic and Pogba, Herrera or Fellaini, whichever way the manager wanted to play them: Pogba was scoring goals, but he was creating goals because he had this really good understanding with Lukaku.

"So I think we’ve missed that to a certain degree and that’s why we’re not scoring as many goals as when we started the season.

"The sooner Pogba comes back the better for the club."

United will be without Pogba once again when they take on reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho will be relying on others to get the job done against his former club and keep the Red Devils in the title hunt.

Robson believes United are capable of claiming a positive result, but only if they are able to control the area of the field in which Pogba would have been deployed.

He added: "If United can dominate the midfield area where we don’t let [Eden] Hazard get a lot of the ball and Pedro, then I think our centre halves can handle [Alvaro] Morata.

"If we can dominate the midfield area then we’ve got a great chance of getting a result.

“I’m going to go for a draw. Yeah, I think there could be a few goals, but I think it’ll be a tied game."