Jose Mourinho reveals how Manchester United were being better without having Paul Pogba in midfield against Arsenal


Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho clashed just before Manchester United’s draw with Arsenal (EMPICS Sport)

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United ended up a lot more rigorous and quicker with the ball devoid of Paul Pogba in their midfield.

United and Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw on Wednesday evening and went the the greater part of the match with no Pogba on the pitch.

Immediately after his inadequate efficiency in the 2-2 attract with Southampton very last Saturday, Pogba was dropped by Mourinho for Arsenal’s visit to Aged Trafford and was only brought on with 15 minutes remaining.

Mourinho did not instantly criticise Pogba after the draw towards Southampton but made it distinct he was unhappy with the overall performance of his midfield.

And the United supervisor admits he saw a important improvement in opposition to Unai Emery’s side with Pogba out of the crew.

When requested if he had much more ‘mad dogs’ in the attract with Arsenal, Mourinho replied: ‘Yes, even the figures, the stats that for me are not basic but at times they give us, they support our feelings, they aid our concepts, or often a contradiction to it.

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Pogba was benched for Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal (BPI/REX)

‘But in this scenario I consider it is just a affirmation with the quantities was the match in which my crew the globality of the 10 players operate additional and operate additional with bigger intensity too.

‘We press the ball a lot more, place complications to the opponent, we were being speedy in our transitions, so we had that spirit, we had that mentality that introduced our video game to a very good level, to a improved stage.

‘There are distinctive players with unique attributes and just to give you a pair of illustrations, [Ander] Herrera, [Marcus] Rashford are the type of players that even if their sport was not phenomenal, that depth, that desire, that enthusiasm, that sacrifice is always existing.

‘But I like to say that the group as a workforce had that mentality.’


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