Arsenal legend praises Pogba contribution in Manchester United comeback win

Ruben Holloway
October 8, 2018

"It's ridiculous talk to say they don't play for the manager, they play for the club".

The former Chelsea boss, who said that such scrutiny "doesn't stop", feels some of his players have been affected but hailed them for displaying "pride" in the second half.

"Normally it happens if a team-mate is injured, but today we needed something", Mata said of his early introduction.

Mourinho, though, has to want it to be positive; a catalyst.

The Theatre of Dreams reverberated to the sound of boos at half-time and although United showed some steel to shatter Newcastle's own fantasy of three points, it couldn't mask another worrying display from a side that look shorn of confidence.

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However, things were bound to get tougher for Newcastle and so it proved, as Mourinho also brought on Fellaini and Sanchez, the £100m worth of subs proving the difference.

"To their credit, United rallied to come back and win".

On Saturday, captain Antonio Valencia paid the price for endorsing a social media comment calling for Mourinho to be sacked by being axed from the squad.

Paul Pogba, stripped of the vice captaincy, led the fightback.

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They had seen Anthony Martial, another player who divides fan opinions, equalise after being set up by Paul Pogba on a insane evening of football in which a 70th minute Juan Mata free-kick had propelled United back into the game.

But dig they did. "Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it", Mourinho told reporters.

In saving Mourinho's job, at least for now, a rousing second-half display at Old Trafford was in some ways an indictment of his time in charge.

'Being 2-0 down at home to Newcastle is really bad.

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