Jose Mourinho explains Paul Pogba omission

Feb 05, 2018, 04:40
Jose Mourinho explains Paul Pogba omission

Alexis Sanchez marked his home debut for Manchester United by scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Entertainment was in short supply at Old Trafford despite the victory but Mourinho chided the home fans for not supporting his players loudly enough.

Jose Mourinho is adamant Manchester United will not need any further attacking reinforcements at the end of the season because the signing of Alexis Sanchez means he has all the attackers he wants.

City have not needed any help going to deck recently having been on the end of some nasty challenges that have understandably angered Guardiola and his players, but Mourinho believes refereeing standards are just fine.

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"He's a humble guy who doesn't forget where he started and I'm pretty sure when he was playing in Chile he had hard places to play with hard performers and he's quite used to it".

Pogba was one of a number of notable absentees at Old Trafford in the wake of United's 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, with Phil Jones and Ashley Young also missing out as Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo were all handed surprise starts. The 55-year-old suggested that Old Trafford is quiet and then quoted how loud Portsmouth fans were in a quite freakish set of comments.

"It's not Portsmouth", he said.

Mourinho says Fratton Park is "such a small stadium, the atmosphere was absolutely incredible".

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"We have to improve not in the quality of the players, we have to improve in the dynamic of the team and in the efficiency because even (Saturday) it is a game to score more goals than two".

"We had to be patient but had to keep the intensity high and the pressure", Mourinho told the BBC.

Tuesday is the 60th anniversary of the air disaster that killed 23 people, including eight of United's famous Busby Babes team, as the club made their way back from a European Cup tie at Red Star Belgrade.

"We have Alexis, we have [Romelu] Lukaku, we have Martial, we have [Marcus] Rashford". And much to the Chilean's relief, he tapped home the rebound after Jonas Lossl had saved his initial effort from the penalty spot to open his United account after joining from Arsenal on reportedly the biggest ever contract in Premier League history.

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After an uneventful first half, Romelu Lukaku gave United the lead on 55 minutes with a close-range volley. "We had to break down the Berlin wall organised so well by (Huddersfield manager) David Wagner".

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