Thursday 19 April 2018

'This game we win' - Mourinho praises Pogba and and offers up a bizarre MUTV interview

Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) looks dejected during Chelsea defeat
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) looks dejected during Chelsea defeat
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested Paul Pogba was ‘the best player on the pitch’ in his side’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Chelsea on Monday night, as he moved to fend off criticism of his £89m world record signing.

Most observers believed Chelsea match winner N’Golo Kante got the better of Pogba on a night when he fired the winning goal in a 1-0 win for Antonio Conte’s side, yet Mourinho offered a stout defence of his French midfielder.

In a round of feisty interviews that also saw Mourinho hit out at Chelsea fans who jeered him, the United manager insisted critics of Pogba were misguided after his latest performance.

“The players were phenomenal but I would refer to one because he’s the one that the specialists enjoy to go after,” Mourinho told MUTV

“Probably because in that time they were not getting 10 per cent of the money he was getting.

“It probably comes from envy but I have to say that, for me, Paul Pogba was by far the best player on the pitch.

“He was a giant on the pitch and, after him, all my other boys were fantastic.”

Mourinho refused to shake hands with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at the end of the game and he offered up this explanation for that decision.

“If I see him here I will shake it,” he said. “I didn’t because I thought my players deserved my action immediately and I our supporters also deserved our thanks to them, so it was that. I can promise you that if I see him out there I will shake his hand.

“I have nothing to speak with him at all, but to shake his hand, for sure I will do that.”

In a bizarre interview with the club’s in-house television channel, Mourinho suggested his side were the real winners at Stamford Bridge, even though Chelsea will now play Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals.

“The players and the fans gave absolutely everything,” he added. “I am not a magician….my feeling and it is a feeling of someone who has thousands and thousands of minutes on the touchline, this game we win.”

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