Jose Mourinho defends ‘professional’ Paul Pogba
Manchester United supervisor Jose Mourinho provided a sturdy defence of Paul Pogba on Friday after the midfielder was criticised within the British media for his failure to offer defensive cowl.
Mourinho substituted United’s document signing in final month’s 2-Zero defeat at Tottenham Hotspur after angrily gesturing at him from the touchline and dropped the Frenchman to the bench in favour of academy graduate Scott McTominay for final weekend’s win over Huddersfield Town.
That led to ideas United have been struggling to make finest use of the Frenchman, with former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness saying the 24 year-old lacked the focus to function in central midfield.
“I had a few laughing over the past week because I heard and watched, read a few things, and I’m not English but I think I understand English enough when you want to say box to box,” Mourinho a information convention on Friday.
“But with some comments from some important people in football I got a little confused. There is no confusion between me and Paul though. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul. I don’t see a problem.”
Pogba was first out to coach at Carrington on Friday and seems more likely to be recalled for the go to to Newcastle United on Sunday.
“Paul had a very professional behaviour,” Mourinho mentioned. “The week was not different to what Paul is every week. He works well, he’s a good professional. He likes to train. I’ve never had a single problem with him.”
Mourinho has not gained in six Premier League video games at St James’ Park throughout two stints as Chelsea supervisor, recording three attracts and three defeats.
“I lost and I drew a few times, I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game will not be difficult,” Mourinho mentioned.
“They have a good team and I think they had a good transfer window, with Kenedy and (Islam) Slimani, two players I know very well, who can really improve the team. (Rafa) Benitez knows how to get points so I think it is going to be difficult.”
United are second within the desk, 13 factors behind leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho indicated full again Luke Shaw is ready to signal a brand new long-term contract after the 22-year-old labored his manner again into the first-team plans.
“He has been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy,” Mourinho mentioned.
“The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years.”