Pogba the heartbeat to put life back into Man Utd's season

Martial and Lingard beauties send United back into second

We had to stop him to play because he was saying, "I feel incredible, I should go and play" but to follow the protocol and also to protect the player, we decided not to play (him).

Jesse Lingard has no doubt been one of the key players for Jose Mourinho's men this season, who have struggled to live up to the expectations of many.

Lukaku picked up a head injury in the early stages of United's goalless draw with Southampton on Saturday afternoon, which left him needing oxygen as he was stretchered off the field. It's not Paul's fault that he has made much more money than Paul Scholes.

Mourinho has called for substantial backing from United's owners as he plots several signings in a bid to catch City. "I know in this moment we are in trouble, but maybe in two or three weeks we recover more players and we think differently and wait until the summer to try things, but I can not say now".

"Not every one of us has to be phenomenal like he was as a player".

Former Mancehster United captain, Michael Carrick, recently suggested that he saw potential in Pogba to fill his former position as United skipper in the coming years. Subs: Aaron Lennon (for Bolasie, 62) 5, James McCarthy (for Rooney, 62) 6, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Niasse, 81) 5.Manchester United: David de Gea 5, Victor Lindelof 5, Phil Jones 6, Marcos Rojo 6, Luke Shaw 6, Paul Pogba 7, Nemanja Matic 6, Jesse Lingard 6, Juan Mata 7, Ander Herrera 5, Anthony Martial 6.

If that is what £89 million (S$160.6 million) buys, Lingard's value as a home-grown totem is even greater; only Lukaku has now played a hand in more league goals for his side this season.

"He gave so much to my club that I only can thank him for that because the prestige of this club is based on people like him, so successful here". Fifty per cent is 12-and-a-half silverware, 25 per cent is around six (trophies). "There are 25 titles, so 25 percent would be about 6 titles, which would be very good", Mourinho concluded.

And while United edged the first half, chances were few and far between for both sides. "Our performance was really good so maybe I'm lucky this time and the kings of rock and roll that said I wasn't performing last month will say I'm performing now", he said.

"I think something happened at half time that made them burst out all together because they were okay in the first half but in the second half, they were different class". But, following the criticism which was so heavy and against Louis van Gaal, Mourinho is right to speak out in defence.



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