Mourinho explains why he pulled Pogba off the pitch vs Newcastle

Twitter Reacts To Paul Pogba's Substitution And Subsequent Look

Twitter Reacts To Paul Pogba's Substitution And Subsequent Look

Newcastle, who had not won at home in four months, began the game very compact, defending well as Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame dominated Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba who starred for Manchester United in midfield.

Newcastle upset the odds on Sunday by beating Manchester United 1-0 at St. James' Park courtesy of second-half Matt Ritchie goal.

Jose Mourinho's side had chances to equalise but could not find a way past a committed Newcastle team that gave their survival hopes a big boost by claiming all three points.

"If I were managing him I'd let him off the lead, play him on the left of a midfield three and in areas where he could break forward and do damage, but when Manchester United don't have the ball he doesn't fully understand the game as a midfield player".

The goal certainly instilled a sense of urgency into United, with them dominating possession and Rafa Benitez's side soaking up pressure inside their own half. It wasn't going to happen for us today. They must have the best feeling of all, sometimes a better feeling than when you play fantastically well and are better than the opponent.

"I'm more happy with the points than which team they came against", he said.

"They got from us a defensive mistake and from a free-kick they scored".

Paul Pogba was restored to the starting line-up after being dropped for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last week, but he was substituted shortly after Ritchie's goal following another anonymous display away from home.

On any other day, Pogba's continued run of poor form might quite rightly be held up as United's key problem, but in truth we had just seen the latest reason why they are still a long way short of title material. "It was not just up to them but also the gods of football, but it was a attractive way to win the match".

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