Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mourinho: I'm the EPL's best-behaved manager

Mourinho: I'm the EPL's best-behaved manager

Never likely to subscribe to Sam Allardyce's "it's not for me to say" what Wayne Rooney should and shouldn't do, Mourinho has previously spoken out against Paul Scholes when he dared to question whether Pogba was utilised as best as he possibly could.

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

"I think that, on the pitch, every player is the same".

"But Mourinho plays him there now, and you need to adapt and find a way to be efficient when you don't have the ball. He's powerful and athletic with good technique, but I've not seen a different, improved Pogba since he walked back into Old Trafford in August 2016".

Pogba appeared to suffer an injury in the warm-up. The team got off to an impressive start of the season, but they have crashed down to earth in the last few months and are beginning to feel the relegation threat hovering around their heads.

Mourinho said: "First of all Newcastle players and staff, they gave what they have and what they don't have and that is the handsome thing in football".

But Mourinho is making a focused effort to change tack at a time of refereeing scrutiny, such as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's anger towards officials after last weekend's frenetic 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

"Both are injured", he told Sky Sports, before adding he does not expect them to be out for long. City boss Guardiola has repeatedly called for more protection for his players following a slew of unsafe challenges.

THE BATTLE TO FINISH IN THE TOP FOUR "We are second, so our position is better than all the others that are behind us, but there is still a lot of matches still to play and we have to fight for the position". The left-back's deal expires in the summer. January signings Martin Dubravka and Islam Slimani could make their debuts, although Rafa Benitez might prefer more experienced players in this game, especially on the goalkeeper role.

More: Watch the manager's full MUTV interview in the media player above.

"I don't know if it is a free kick or not, what I know is that we missed a challenge in the air and we missed the second ball and I coach my players, not the referees".

The Chilean has opened his account for Manchester United and will be chomping at bits to build on his man-of-the-match display against Huddersfield Town as the Red Devils enter a hectic run of fixtures.

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