Mourinho hoodoo continues as United stunned by Newcastle 1-0

Hope Soto
February 12, 2018

His comments were perhaps a little tongue in cheek given his past behaviour, but the Portuguese said he has made a big effort to improve his conduct on the sidelines, although he freely admitted he was nowhere near "perfect".

'I am not going from the bad one to the ideal one.

Mourinho felt the need to defend Pogba from criticism this week with the likes of former Man United players Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney suggesting that the current midfield setup in the team wasn't making the most of his ability, with his form suffering as a result.

"I'm serious, I prepare myself, I'm really happy".

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba wasn't carrying an injury during Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday. I like the Geordies, I like to go there.

"I was trying that with the simplicity of Michael Carrick because he tries to make everything simple and bring Alexis [Sanchez] close to an area to [Romelu] Lukaku where he could be like a second striker to try to win the game".

"He has super individual ability - there is much to admire about his technique when he is on the ball and his general athleticism", Souness said of the player who joined United for a then-world-record £93.25m fee.

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'I think it's hard.

"I think that their concentration is on a higher level [because of the threat of relegation] and, for sure, they fight every game like it's their last one because they know they are in danger". What I know of the club, it has an incredible army of fans, a city that lives for the club and supports the club.

'Normally good players, normally good managers.

Shelvey produced one of his better games for Newcastle, spraying the ball around, snapping into tackles and marshalling his side from central midfield amid a second-half onslaught. Benitez, another example. It is hard to understand [Newcastle's problems].

"This week I was confused when people say "box to box"; to play free of defensive duties, that's not "box to box". The team got off to an impressive start of the season, but they have crashed down to earth in the last few months and are beginning to feel the relegation threat hovering around their heads.

Daley Blind and Eric Bailly are unavailable for the trip to Newcastle, but Mourinho confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to team training.

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