Mourinho explains why he pulled Pogba off the pitch vs Newcastle


Mourinho's side, who had 13 shots - six on target, now trail league leaders Manchester City by 16 points.

Paul Mariner breaks down Manchester United's loss at Newcastle and Liverpool's triumph at Southampton, as the race for second place in the Premier League heats up.

Matt Ritchie scored in the 65th minute as the Magpies moved clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory. In addition to trying to solidify that runners-up sot in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's side will also be looking to progress in the FA Cup and Champions League in the next couple of weeks when they face Huddersfield Town and Sevilla respectively.

"But because we couldn't do that, I am really pleased to do it today".

"He doesn't even challenge for the first ball and they just keep it alive. The way they fought for every last thing is a lovely thing".

Defeat extended Mourinho's winless run in the Premier League at St James' Park to seven matches.

However, Ritchie's 65th-minute victor came against the run of play and the Magpies had to defend for their lives as time ran down.

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Marcus Rashford has been left out of the Manchester United matchday squad for the first time this season for Sunday's clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park, as Paul Pogba returns to the team.

"The way that we were playing, with everybody giving everything, was absolutely fantastic".

The free kick was awarded when Manchester United defender Chris Smalling dived theatrically when challenging for a midfield ball and was shown a yellow card.

Mourinho was reluctant to be too critical of the 28-year-old England worldwide, saying: "A defender has to concede free-kicks now and again. It was an intuitive thing", he said.

"We had some (chances) with the score at 0-0. Alexis (Sanchez) had an open goal and then the countless opportunities of the last 20-25 minutes", he said.

"You know clearly that, so I think it is bad if you put me in a position where I have to criticise a player".