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Mourinho's St James' Park curse continues as Man Utd humbled by Newcastle

Mourinho's St James' Park curse continues as Man Utd humbled by Newcastle

The England worldwide has been at least a substitute in every match in all competitions under Jose Mourinho in 2017-18, although he did not get off the bench in their last away game, when they lost 2-0 to Tottenham.

"And if you're asking me what I prefer, three points against Manchester United or against another team, I would say another team because maybe we talk about a six-pointer".

"With Luke it's not about changing my mind, it's just the evolution or no evolution of his potential", Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

"Paul is a good professional, Paul works well, Paul likes to train".

"It's a real honour for me that the supporters have voted for me".

The Portuguese manager said he had been confused by the speculation over Pogba's best role in the side.

"I am not going from the bad one to the flawless one, no way".

Club legends such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney have had their say on the matter, feeling perhaps that the former Juventus man is being played out of position. It depends on the tactical system, but he will always be a midfielder. You can play with two, with one, play with three. He's not a left-back, he's not a striker, so when people ask what's the best position for Paul to play - Paul is a midfield player.




"And as a midfield player, it's hard to find a midfield player with more potential than Paul has because Paul has everything".

Mourinho also takes a thinly-disguised swipe at cross-city rival Pep Guardiola, who has been vocal in complaining about the meaty tackling dished out to his star players.

Matt Ritchie lifted the gloom on Tyneside with the victor in Newcastle United's crucial 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday their first three-point haul at home since October.

"Could he work in my direction?" They return to the Champions League in mid-week, with little more than that to play for. He made a big effort.

"He has been, for a few months, free of minor injuries that can stop [a player's] evolution and I'm really happy [with him]".

Newcastle thrashed United 5-0 back in 1996 when Kevin Keegan was at the helm, which was an extra sweet result after the Magpies had fell short in the title race the season before.

The omens do not look good for Newcastle whose recent record against the Red Devils is very bad, having won just two of their last 28 games against Jose Mourinho's men and they have failed to win any of their last six encounters.


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