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Paul Pogba spotted limping after Man Utd defeat as Jose Mourinho disputes injury

Paul Pogba was substituted early in the defeat to Newcastle United

"The players they know there is responsibilities but I am pretty sure you already watch that goal on TV a few times, I didn't". I like to have in my team a player that loses the ball in minute 91 and doesn't stop until he recovers that ball - even if he is that exhausted like he was in the last minute of the last match [against Huddersfield].

'I am not going from the bad one to the flawless one. "I prepare myself and I make an effort".

Mourinho refused to blame his centre-back afterwards, but did criticise his defenders for allowing Ritchie the space to score.

"But if I am playing today I want to play against him because he is never where he should be when I am in possession".

"In this country, the intensity and the aggression are a great things and the referees are there to sort the good aggression from the really risky situations". That's all part of football. We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet. You buy a flash vehicle and people say that you're a show-off. And for me Paul is a midfield player. They can't say that this guy is very talented, so I have to protect him. To let the top players play with freedom? City boss Guardiola has repeatedly called for more protection for his players following a slew of unsafe challenges.


"You fear the most talented players so it's normal there will be an approach with those players".

"The week was not different from what Paul is every week, he is a good professional and likes to train", Mourinho said, according to the club's official website. Maybe that will make the message finally sink in, but I doubt it.

Manchester United will meet with Huddersfield Town again next weekend in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with the former Real Madrid manager hoping for a more subtle approach from the Terriers towards Alexis Sanchez, after he became the most fouled player in the Premier League last weekend.

United will have to quickly put the result behind them though if they wish to remain in the Champions League spots otherwise their season will quickly unravel.

Newcastle have won two Premier League games since the start of November. The Reds, who donned black armbands in tribute to the late Liam Miller, should have been out of sight after Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all had clear chances, but Ritchie snatched all three points midway through the second half.

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