EPL: Mourinho speaks on Pogba's position, hits back at Rooney

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2018

"When people ask his best position: he's a midfield player".

The United manager also insists his relationship with Pogba remains strong, despite his recent substitution in the defeat at Tottenham and his omission from the starting line-up in last weekend's victory over Huddersfield.

At United, these very difficulties are exemplified in Mourinho's treatment of past-players and their willingness to discuss Manchester United in its current form.

He made his comeback in the reverse fixture against Newcastle at Old Trafford in November, a match that Jose Mourinho's side won 4-1, but has not played since late December due to concerns over his knee. "When people say what's his best position for Paul to play - Paul is a midfield player".

"It's a real honour for me that the supporters have voted for me".

United's next outing will see them face Newcastle in Premier League competition on Sunday. "Paul is a good professional, Paul works well, Paul likes to train".

"I never had a problem with his professionalism because he is a good trainer and he likes to train".

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"I had a few laughing over the past week because I heard and watched, read a few things, and I'm not English but I think I understand English enough when you want to say box to box", Mourinho a news conference on Friday.

"But I have to cry a little bit, I have to try to protect my players because, really, you can see the way Alexis was welcomed!" "For me, box to box means you have to be good in this box and have to be good in that box". You have to defend well in this box and have the physical condition, desire, intensity and stamina to go to the other box.

"And then when your team loses the ball you have to go to the other box because I think this meaning "box to box" this week I was confused when people say "box to box". That's a box in the box and stay in the box and doesn't move from the box!" I got a bit confused. I think this country produced a lot of awesome "box to box" players, I had the pleasure to coach some of them but I think nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members, I think the concept of "box to box" is changing a little bit.

"For me Paul is a midfield player", said Mourinho. "United's highest scorer said last Monday that the Frenchman should not have defensive responsibilities but play as a "box-to-box" midfielder". And for me Paul is a midfield player.

'I think they are a good team, I think they had a very good transfer window with Kenedy and (Islam) Slimani - they are two players that I know very well and can really improve their team.

Giggs claimed this week Mourinho could get more out of Pogba if he played in a three-man midfield alongside more defensive-minded players Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera. "It's hard to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul".

He added, "I think every player is in evolution until the end of his career".

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