Man Utd take extraordinary step of denying row between Mourinho and Pogba

Doug Mendoza
February 21, 2018

Jose Mourinho makes six alterations to the side which lost at Newcastle last time out, with Paul Pogba one of the absentees due to an apparent illness.

United started a crucial week in their season with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup.

Brighton's Jurgen Locadia scored on his debut in the 3-1 win over Coventry City who, after knocking out Stoke City in the third round, failed in their attempt to make FA Cup history by becoming the first fourth-tier side to beat two top-flight teams in the same season.

But it does create doubt about the 24-year-old's availability for Wednesday's last 16 tie in Spain.

Next up is a trip to Sevilla on Wednesday for a Champions League round-of-16 first leg against the team now sitting fifth in La Liga.

'He was working normally with us before the game.

Writing in The Independent, Miguel Delaney claims that the German worldwide, who moved to Spain from Bayern Munich four years ago, is Jose Mourinho's top midfield target ahead of next season.

"Rashford, Herrera, Valencia, I think they have a chance".

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Metro believes that was Mourinho's way of criticising Pogba for his "rather flamboyant lifestyle", a criticism that the paper claims represents a worrying deterioration in the pair's relationship. "And we have strong team strong bonding, strong team mentality".

Three times José Mourinho raised his right hand in appreciation towards the 3,862 Manchester United supporters who were singing his name in stoppage time at the John Smith's Stadium.

Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera missed last weekend's costly defeat but could be back in contention.

"But I am hearing they aren't as close as a few months ago, and that's something United can't afford".

"I prefer to play at Old Trafford against Chelsea or Manchester City or Tottenham". We have seen him struggle with the defensive and positional sense but [that changes when] you ask him to go into the attacking areas.

Despite having the goal chalked off, Spaniard Mata said he was in favour of the VAR system, but Huddersfield manager David Wagner, whose team benefited from the decision, said it was "killing the emotion of the game". Then after I saw the referee speaking to someone and you look silly when the goal is denied.

'I am not sure what has happened, I think he was ill and didn't feel very well this morning so I hope he will be ready for the next game'.

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