Paul Pogba Proves Value For United With Remarkable Stat

Fierce defences of his players have always been as staple in Mourinho's time-honoured principles as setting up robust defences, both of which finally returned at Goodison yesterday.

With draws against Leicester, Burnley and Southampton over the past week, the festive period has been disappointing for United and the title is likely out of reach. That would allow Mourinho to blame Manchester United for his departure. "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". I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player that gave so much to the club that I am proud to represent. He has been stressing on the fact that the club has spent money on important players like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku but nothing like the amount on a collective level like City. As a player he was phenomenal, but it doesn't mean we all have to be phenomenal.

Scholes has been critical of Paul Pogba in recent weeks, and Mourinho suggested that the former England man is jealous of the 24-year-old's earning potential.

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Scholes, who has been a pundit for television network BT Sport since retiring in 2013 after spending his entire, trophy-laden career at United, had criticised Pogba for "strolling" during United's drab goalless draw with Southampton on Saturday.

Mourinho's side were holding onto a slender lead given to them by Anthony Martial's finesse goal when Lingard took possession with nine minutes left at Goodison Park.

"We know what Manchester United are capable of doing and they scored two worldies".

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"These boys, they jump or they don't jump", United manager Jose Mourinho said. Fifty per cent of that is 12.5 silverware, 25 per cent is around six. So if he's 25%, he'll be quite happy. "He was all over the pitch, he was tackling, he was fighting, he was sprinting to people, he was scoring goals from 25 yards out", said Scholes.

"In my mind, Paul Scholes [is a] phenomenal player [and] one of the best players I have ever seen playing in midfield".

Scholes criticized both the player and the manager. "They would love to be at the club and that's a problem I can not resolve".

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Lingard was risky throughout and got the goal he deserved, his seventh in his last nine league games, to show why he is now keeping Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the team.