Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba substitution not down to injury'

Feb 12, 2018, 00:31
Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba substitution not down to injury'

"There are so many awards - performance of the week, manager of the month and this and that - they should give one to the guy that behaves best on the touchline and it should be the fourth official to vote", the Red Devils manager said.

Newcastle United have handed a debut to goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka, as they prepare to take on Manchester United in the Premier League (2:15pm kick-off).

Goals from Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and a wonderful chip from defender Phillipe Albert sealed all three points for Keegan's "Entertainers", serving as the flawless revenge for the Charity Shield defeat by the Red Devils months prior.

United threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Newcastle in the second half, raining shots down on the goal - they had five on target in the second period - but could not unlock a stubborn defence.

Rafa Benitez says beating Manchester United will give Newcastle confidence in their battle to stay in the Premier League.

'Benitez knows how to get points, so I think it is going to be hard'. "I like to go there and like the feeling of going to (former manager) Mr (Bobby) Robson's home". At Juventus he used to play in a certain position where they clearly didn't trust him in the middle of the park so they played him more on the sides.

Anthony Martial was unable to put the visitors ahead when he squandered a one-on-one opportunity provided by Nemanja Matic in the 35th minute.

Co-commentator Gary Neville admitted Pogba still needs to add "maturity" to his game but insists Manchester United are better with him in their side. "I wanted a better way to come out in the first phase against a team that was defending in a very compact block".

Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League).

What a win for Rafael Benitez's relegation strugglers.

"Newcastle played with their lives and defended with their lives", Mourinho said, having earlier described the opposition as fighting "like animals". However, neither keeper inspires confidence in their defenders simply because of the amount of mistakes both have made during their spells in the side.

The United manager also heaped praise on Luke Shaw, claiming that he is really with the left-back and that the player deserves a new contract at United.

UNITED star Paul Pogba is "a country mile from being a great player", according to Graeme Souness.

It could be a frustrating afternoon for Jose Mourinho (once again).

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