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Mourinho: Why I Took Pogba Off Again

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho: Why I Took Paul Pogba Off Again

By Kurt Buckerfield - Feb 12, 2018 07:28 AM @KurtLaduma

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has explained why he once again substituted midfielder Paul Pogba following the Red Devils' shock loss to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures from United's 1-0 loss to Newcastle!

Talks of a possible fallout between Mourinho and Pogba began when the manager took the Frenchman off in their 2-0 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League two weeks ago.

Mourinho then dropped the former Juventus man for United's 2-0 win over Huddersfield last week, but went with him from the start against Rafael Benitez's Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. 

After going 1-0 down in the second half, the Portuguese manager replaced the 24-year-old with Michael Carrick, saying he wanted the Englishman's "simplicity" in midfield.

"No, no problems," Mourinho said, according to Sky Sports.

"I wanted a better way (in midfield) against a side that was defending in a block.

"I wanted the simplicity of Michael Carrick and I wanted Alexis closer to Lukaku where he could be like a second striker."

Mourinho Clarifies Pogba's Role

United are now 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City, and are just two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool.

Do you think United need to make improvements to their side in the next transfer window? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC Feb 14, 2018 04:42 PM
Mourinho messed up on his starting lineup. So he tried to rectify his mistake but it was already too late
Sbolinho The Citizen Joined: 13 Feb 2018
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Sbolinho The Citizen Feb 13, 2018 02:26 PM
Kompela & Mourinho...Same WhatsApp group. I never wanted Pogba to go there at the first place,the position he's been played at is making him an ordinary player. And Alexis failed Man U,he failed hit a clear net yet he's the highest paid player in the team.
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Flipping lyf Feb 12, 2018 10:54 AM
My man united wont achieve under mourinho he's so defensive that tactics of him doesn't suit paul this boy he is box to box
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No badges available Feb 12, 2018 09:18 AM
Mayb Pogba made a mistake by coming back to United, Mourinho can be very annoying sometimes with his stupid mind games
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Thagalekgwara Feb 12, 2018 09:15 AM
We dont care about who U replace long as U keep loosing is ok..U know how other teams parking buses nd U lyk 2 park train or Goods..
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Warras4phefeni Feb 12, 2018 08:23 AM
Pogba my king don't despair ntwana.
Wildcat Joined: 05 Jun 2011
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Wildcat Feb 12, 2018 08:19 AM
Here come Alexis

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