Jose Mourinho gives few clues as to why he dropped Paul Pogba
Manchester United supervisor Jose Mourinho supplied solely the briefest rationalization as to why he dropped the membership’s file signing Paul Pogba for Saturday’s 2-Zero Premier League win over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. The Frenchman had been criticised for his midweek efficiency within the 2-Zero defeat at Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, throughout which he was substituted within the 63rd minute after having an animated dialog with Mourinho on the touchline.
On Saturday, the supervisor refused to go into particulars about what was mentioned however a video was broadly shared on social media displaying the Portuguese gesticulating on the Frenchman. The upshot was Pogba dropped to the bench for the primary time since becoming a member of United for 89 million kilos ($125.67 million) in August 2016, with 21-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay named in his place. Asked why the Frenchman had been not noted, Mourinho mentioned: “Just change, try different qualities with different players.”
Pogba finally got here on as a 65th-minute substitute for Jesse Lingard in a disjointed United efficiency that also noticed United shut the hole on leaders Manchester City to 13 factors. “We had to be patient but had to keep the intensity high and the pressure. We had to break down the Berlin Wall organised so well by (Huddersfield manager) David Wagner,” mentioned Mourinho. Although Pogba has delivered some wonderful shows this season, he has additionally been criticised on a number of events, notably for his rash sending off in opposition to Arsenal. Mourinho additionally mentioned that Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who limped off injured in opposition to Spurs, has undergone knee surgical procedure and can be out for a minimum of two months. “He had surgery this morning,” mentioned Mourinho. “I don’t need to be very particular. It’s not the tip of his season, in no way. It’s a small intervention in his exterior (lateral) meniscus and I would like to imagine that by the tip of March he might be again.
“If he might be again by the tip of March, I hope we’ve got a giant April and a giant May nonetheless to play in multiple competitors.”
Fellaini first injured his knee enjoying for Belgium final October and has already had two spells out making an attempt to rectify the issue.