Jose Mourinho reacts to Paul Pogba’s display in Man United’s 3-2 win at Man City

Paul Pogba has his say about Paul Pogba's performance after Man United's 3-2 win over Man City

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Paul Pogba after the midfielder helped to inspire Manchester United to a brilliant 3-2 comeback win over Manchester City on Saturday.

The Red Devils found themselves 2-0 down at half-time at The Etihad before Pogba scored two second half goals to draw the Red Devils level.

Manchester United then netted a winner thanks to Chris Smalling’s cool finish to claim three points against their bitter local rivals and put Manchester City’s title celebrations on hold.

Pogba has come in for criticism for his failure to produce consistent performances for the Red Devils this season, and he has even been dropped by Mourinho in recent months.

However, the Red Devils boss has insisted that he was delighted by Pogba’s display after he helped his side to claim a famous fightback against their rivals.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Saturday, Mourinho said: “I said at half-time that my midfielders couldn’t play better than they were playing.

“It’s difficult to play against City because they press really well and are compact and their transition is really strong.

“I told Matic, Herrera and Pogba that they could not improve a lot from what they did in the first half because they had confidence to play and to move the ball and give passes.

“I was asking more from my central defenders especially to play with the ball because in the first half they were really shaky with it at their feet and there were bad mistakes.

“I needed more from my wingers, I wanted them to come inside and give more solutions to our midfielders.

“So we improved in the second half with that, I was not asking for Paul to improve because I was already happy with what he was doing in the first half. But he scored two fantastic goals and I’m really pleased for him.”

Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League table as they look to try and finish as runners-up to Manchester City this season.

The Red Devils can still end the season with a trophy and they will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals at Wembley later this month.

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