Jose Mourinho Defends Paul Pogba From Paul Scholes' Criticism

Jose Mourinho and Marcus Rashford

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When asked whether he thought he was getting enough out of the experienced and aging players, Mourinho quickly stated that their performance had nothing to do with age and that they had to be consistent at every level.

Mourinho's disappointment will have no doubt been compounded by the fact some of those under-performing have been key players for him. "I don't think he needs to show anyone that he is one of the best".

United beat Tottenham at Old Trafford earlier this season with Anthony Martial's late victor proving the difference.

Lukaku's 16th league goal of the season - and his seventh Premier League goal in six meetings with Bournemouth - handed United an armchair ride ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham. I'm not very good on Man of the Match.

The Portuguese manager is said to have run out of patience with the £89mllion man after their humiliating 1-0 home defeat to West Brom, which in turn handed Man City the Premier League title. Finding a buyer prepared to give United their money back on Pogba will be a challenge due to the lack of clubs capable (or willing) to spend so much on the 25-year-old, but Mourinho still believes that the France global can be a crucial player alongside better midfielders than those now at his disposal.

'I think we are inconsistent. Against Liverpool, we won, we drew so we got one point from Liverpool.

This was a convincing win against an opponent fighting for Premier League survival, the mark of a team that's playing their sharpest and highest quality soccer at the right time.

"We lost three points against West Bromwich Albion and lost two points against other teams involved in that fight - Stoke and Southampton".

Mourinho admitted he will make further alterations against Spurs at Wembley this weekend, adding: 'Obviously I'm going to change the team.

"I don't know, I don't really speak to anyone at the club".

"When you win a real tournament, when you need to play under pressure and perform at your best over 10 months - that is the moment when you start to learn about winning", Pochettino said last month. That clinched United's sixth win in their last seven league games, but all eyes remained on Pogba.

"I wouldn't say phenomenal".

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