Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba substitution not down to injury'

Manchester United gaffer Jose Mourinho backs video officiating with adjustments

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he may need to "cry" like Pep Guardiola in order to protect his players.

However, Jose Mourinho's men failed to bypass the Newcastle defence as the home side secured a vital win to move out of the top three.

"They fought like animals - that's a compliment", he added.

"Newcastle gave what they have and what they don't have, that's a lovely thing in football". They are just one point above the bottom three and have kept just two clean sheets in the last 17 matches.

As I write these notes I am still not sure whether they will be able today, but if they do play, hopefully they can show us what the can bring to the team and provided a boost for everyone.

"We could be here for 10 hours and we wouldn't score a goal - that's the feeling".

The first half was a sloppy one with chances going for both teams. I think it's the nature of the game that the more you fear the more you target.




Chances were scarce throughout the contest but Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez wasted clear openings, while Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed, before Ritchie capitalised on some slack defending in the 65th minute. Were Newcastle lucky? Yes, they were.

However, Pogba was forced off with a hamstring problem in a 3-0 win over Basel in the Champions League back in September. So, you work like them.

Agreeing that he is not ideal, Mourinho said, "I'm not going from the Bad One to the flawless One, no way, but I try, I make an effort and I'm happy with the way things are going".

Despite his red card earlier in the season and various complaints about refereeing decisions, Mourinho said that he was mostly happy with the quality of officiating in England, although he felt players such as Alexis Sanchez could do with a little more protection. I think the stadium is really nice, I like the atmosphere.

Phil Jones, Smalling's central-defensive partner, said the players were "devastated" by the defeat, which leaves them just two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool, who beat Southampton 2-0. But obviously I am disappointed because we did more than enough to leave without a defeat.

"When people ask his best position: he's a midfield player".

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