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Mourinho: Why I Took Pogba Off

Jose Mourinho: Why I Took Paul Pogba Off

By Kurt Buckerfield - Feb 01, 2018 08:34 AM @KurtLaduma

Superstar Paul Pogba was substituted on Wednesday night against Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in a league game since his return to Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho has now explained his decision.

Click through the gallery to see some images from Spurs' 2-0 victory over United on Wednesday night!

Many fans were surprised to see the Frenchman make way for Marouane Fellaini in the 63rd minute on Wednesday, especially with the Red Devils being 2-0 down.

Mourinho denied that it was an injury that made him take the 24-year-old off, insisting he had to attempt to change things up by introducing the Belgian.

“It was just to change for Fellaini,” he said after the game, as quoted by Metro.

“We had to try different qualities with different players.”

Much to Mourinho’s dismay, Fellaini was forced to leave the field of play just seven minutes after coming on due to a knock he sustained.

“I think I was unlucky with Fellaini as I wanted to change a little bit the dynamic of the team,” the boss told BT Sport.

“After a couple of minutes, he was injured. It’s always the same thing. It is the lateral ligament.

“I don’t think it’s a big, big thing but he was immediately feeling something and telling us he couldn’t carry on.”

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United are now 15 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have lost just one Premier League game this season.

What did you think of United’s performance against Spurs on Wednesday night? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Feb 08, 2018 01:41 AM
Spurs used their chances early while United was still sleepy.
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Faysal Feb 01, 2018 03:57 PM
Pure cowching
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Shepherd Mtetwa Feb 01, 2018 01:15 PM
Sanchez driving Man U backwards kkkkkkkkkkk i love that
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Pogba need to be benched so that he will improve.
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BALTON TITUS Feb 01, 2018 11:58 AM
he did well taking him off he was lazy
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No badges available Feb 01, 2018 10:58 AM
Man U played badly last night. I couldn't even finish the game. But I knew that this would happen the moment we signed Alexis. He is a brilliant player but he lacks team spirit. Ask Arsenal players. They even asked management to sell him.
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Matwalicosi Feb 01, 2018 09:38 AM
Coach tell as it is that he was very poor, Dembele was conducting that midfield. Generally the team perfomance was poor all around but the worst was the midfield,they were pressed not allowed time on the ball but their marking was poor they allowed spurs to control everything. The display by man u was shameful tjo.......
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U took Pogba off because u were confused

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