Opinions & Transfer NewsMourinho refutes reports of Pogba leaving Manchester United

Ross Houston
September 16, 2018

The 30-year-old signed a new deal at Old Trafford over the summer and came into the side for the win at Burnley ahead the global break, with Mourinho's side having lost to Brighton and Tottenham before visiting Turf Moor.

Former captain Gary Neville says that, as a fan, he would be happy to see the 25-year-old leave if his focus was not on United, but Mourinho says the World Cup victor has not told him that he wants to go.

"He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068 and if you wan to divide that by 90 minutes matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes matches in 2016-17".

United face a surprisingly crucial game away in the league against Watford on Saturday, with the Hornets now four wins out of four after beating Tottenham Hotspur in their last fixture.

"I think they will because this month the League Cup, Europa League or Champions League football will start to fit in and even the biggest clubs will start to rotate a bit more".

'We knew that Watford had confidence and we knew that if we didn't get the third goal the last 10 minutes would be how it played out but we all dug in and knew we needed to win.

But opposite number Gracia said: 'I don't understand that word "crisis".

"Marcus Rashford is not (Liverpool forward) Dominic Solanke, he's not (Chelsea midfielder) Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not (Everton striker) Dominic Calvert-Lewin".

Rashford, he said, had played "an incredible number of appearances and minutes" at the highest level in the best possible competitions.

"He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes, if you divide that by 90 minutes, gives 29.7 matches".

Mourinho has been regularly criticised for his management of the Englishman, who has not started a game for Manchester United this season, with some pundits suggesting he should look to move elsewhere to help his development. "I'm really happy with Marouane".

Chris Smalling was on target as Manchester United secured a second straight Premier League, but Jose Mourinho has revealed one thing he does not like about the defender.

Mourinho was quick to point out he is not involved in conversations between Pogba and his agent but insisted Raiola, like Pogba, has never informed him of a desire to leave.

Both of his goals were clinical strikes from inside the penalty area, where England coach Gareth Southgate has said he wants to see Rashford rather than stuck out wide.

"I am very happy".

Much has been made of Mourinho's future at United after a turbulent summer with the administrators at United as well as the press. I don't know if they are in crisis. "If I listen to players from back in the day and now, a manager can not say what he wants to a player because you feel attacked".

He went on to appeal to the fans to trust him: "Marcus Rashford was selected for every single match".

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