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Jose Mourinho insists Paul Pogba wasn't injured during Newcastle United defeat

12 February, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Manchester United could have played for 10 hours at Newcastle and not scored, said manager Jose Mourinho after his side's 1-0 loss at St James' Park.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba's substitution in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United was not due to injury.

Rafa Benitez's side dug deep, with debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka making several great saves and his defenders clearing efforts off the line from Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial (twice).

"Newcastle United's players and, of course, their staff gave what they have and what they don't have and I think that's a attractive thing in football", said Mourinho, who has never presided over a Premier League -victory in seven attempts at St James' Park and saw his side undone by Matt Ritchie's -second half victor.

Jonjo Shelvey brought a fine one-handed save out of David de Gea just five minutes in, as Newcastle made a bold start against a team they last beat at home in the top flight in January 2012. "They gave everything they had and the gods of football were with them".

"We need to keep going", he said. "The way they fought for every last thing is a attractive thing".




Man United fought back strongly, and Newcastle defended as if their lives depended on the result in the last 15 minutes.

In his first half-hour of Premier League football, Dubravka was only required to make two routine clearances from the edge of his area.

"What we did, therefore, the way we were playing, every player giving everything was fantastic, and to do it in front of our fans, even better". 'It was an intuitive thing.

It was a rare moment of quality from United and they were fortunate not to concede a penalty before the interval, with referee Craig Pawson unmoved after Dwight Gayle when to ground after being caught by Chris Smalling.

'Clearly I know we lost the duel in the air and it's hard to accept that'.

"The double miss of Martial is incredible".

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