The Red Devils looked as though they were on course for another demoralising Premier League defeat at Old Trafford as Rafael Benitez’s men notched up a 2-0 lead going into half-time.
However, Mourinho’s men mounted an impressive second-half comeback as goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez helped Manchester United to claim a 3-2 victory and return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Pogba has been constantly under the spotlight at Old Trafford since his big-money move back to the club from Juventus in the summer of 2016 – and most Manchester United fans would probably agree that he is yet to deliver top form on a consistent basis for Mourinho’s men.
BBC pundit Crooks was particularly impressed by Pogba’s performance for the Red Devils in the second half against the Magpies on Saturday evening.
And he feels that Red Devils boss Mourinho owes Pogba an apology after the World Cup winner’s fine display after half-time at Old Trafford.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “Jose Mourinho owes Paul Pogba an apology. What a second-half performance by the France international.
“He was the only Manchester United player who had showed any bottle in a team who, at one stage, became frightened of their own shadows against Newcastle.
“The tension at Old Trafford has largely been inflicted by their own manager. Fortunately Pogba, oblivious to Mourinho’s continual rantings, took the game by the scruff of the neck, probing and driving his team to victory.
“Not only did the World Cup winner save United against Newcastle, he might have saved Mourinho’s job for now.”
Manchester United’s win against Newcastle was just their third in five Premier League outings and it lifted them up into eighth place in the top flight table.
It has been a tricky start to the new campaign for Mourinho’s men, who already find themselves seven points off the pace in the race for the title this season.
Manchester United, who finished without a trophy and in second place in the Premier League last season, will aim to make it back to back wins in the top flight when they take on Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on 20 October.
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