Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Graeme Souness: Manchester United paid too much for Paul Pogba

Graeme Souness: Manchester United paid too much for Paul Pogba

"I never saw that with Chelsea, I never saw that with Manchester United, I never saw that with Manchester City previous year".

"I never liked too much "the best in the world" - you never say the goalkeeper is "the best in the world", you only say [Fabio] Cannavaro if somebody made a decision to say a central defender is the best in the world". I don't lose time.

"I'm here (in English football) already seven years, I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions". I never saw. So I think it's just a lost battle.

Filling in for the rested David de Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini's sixth-minute spot-kick that was awarded for a handball against Eric Bailly even though video replays the contact was outside the area.

Gabbiadini's poor effort represented Southampton's third penalty miss in the Premier League this season and a failure to make their domination count nearly proved costly for the hosts when Anthony Martial rattled the upright.

"One is Argentina national-team goalkeeper and one is Spanish national-team goalkeeper, two of the best countries in the world", Mourinho said.

"I understand that from the press' point of view and your perspective that [the Europa League final] is the big headline", Mourinho said to Sky Sports after Wednesday's 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton.

"They showed me they want to be an option and they gave everything they have but we still have the Sunday match". Tells (Wilfried) Zaha to go slow, leaves (Christian) Benteke at home. "I hope next season some club beats the record with another player and then the pressure goes somewhere else".

Marouane Fellaini came off rubbing the back of his right thigh against Southampton, but Mourinho said the Belgian midfielder was confident he had not torn his hamstring.

Palace's Premier League status was secured with last weekend's 4-0 defeat of Hull, but they remain capable of finishing anywhere between 11th and 16th, meaning that under the terms of the present television deal a significant bonus could be earned.

Southampton struggled to relieve the pressure building on manager Claude Puel against an under-strength United. For the players as well because they've got good bonuses for the position they finish in the league so they are well aware of what it means.

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