Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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Latest United team news from Mourinho

Latest United team news from Mourinho

The United manager dropped Pogba from the starting line-up for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last Saturday, but Mourinho insists that he has a good relationship with the Frenchman.

"I got a little bit confused because for me "box to box" means you have to be good in this box, and you have to be good in that box".

Jose Mourinho has responded to critics - including former Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney - in his defence of French worldwide midfielder Paul Pogba.

"Paul had a very professional behavior". He works well, he's a good professional He likes to train.

United will also be without Daley Blind this weekend as Mourinho has confirmed the Dutchman is still nursing an ankle problem that's hampered him in recent weeks.

"It means you have to defend well in this box, the physical condition and desire and stamina to go until the other box".


Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table but 13 points behind Manchester City in the title race.

"I think he brings so much to United in terms of the way they play - especially when they are attacking", says Higginbotham.

The United boss also elaborated on what he felt Pogba should be as a midfielder, and how he thinks the "box to box" description of a player should be interpreted.

"That is not box to box - that is a box in the box and stay in that box!" I lost and I drew a few times - I hope the result on Sunday is different. "I think nowadays, with some pundits, some agents, some family members, I think the concept of the box-to-box is changing a little bit".

"Rashford can play on the left and the right, Alexis is exactly the same".

"Could he come in my direction and the way I see and think football, the way I like my players on the pitch and in training? And it is hard to find a midfield player with more potential than Paul has". "But [Rafael] Benitez knows how to get points, so I think it's going to be hard". When people say what's his best position for Paul to play: "Paul is a midfield player".

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