Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in a huge row after the loss to Newcastle – with two of his players – Phil Jones and Paul Pogba, both of whom were missing from the FA Cup fifth round win over Huddersfield Town.
The reports claimed the United boss was fuming with the pair, and made it very clear he felt they should both be doing far better for the side – and while said reports were denied, neither of the pair played in the FA Cup game, with Pogba pulling out with ‘illness’ and many people shocked Chris Smalling started the game given he was at least as bad, if not worse than Jones during the defeat.
However the Express claim the reports are ‘total rubbish’ and that no such bust up occurred, with Mourinho obviously disappointed and making his feelings known to the pair – but no serious, lingering trouble in the air.
Despite the denials, when asked about the possibility of Pogba being well enough to face Sevilla in the FA Cup, Mourinho was flippant and saying: “I don’t know if he’s out for long and honestly I don’t care.”
Of course, Mourinho has always been similar with players his side are missing either through suspension, illness or injury, preferring to focus on the players his side do have and the ones who can help them.
Progressing in the Champions League is vital, and while United aren’t going to be one of the favourites to win it, they are certainly expected to get past the La Liga side, with or without Paul Pogba.
The news Eric Bailly will be able to play will comfort United fans, who have understandably grown frustrated and worried over the form of Phil Jones and Smalling in recent games.