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Paul Pogba looks of the pedal against resilence Newcastle team and made an ineffective 66-minute contribution at St James’ Park before he was replaced by Michael Carrick.

The Frenchman performances have been questioned by fans and pundits but he is repeatedly judged by his transfer fee rather than his circumstances at Manchester United and his age.

Mourinho on his decision to remove Pogba on Sky Sports after the match, Mourinho said: “I wanted a better way to come out in the first phase against a team defending in a compact block.

“I tried that with the simplicity of Michael Carrick and to bring Alexis [Sanchez] to an area close to [Romelu] Lukaku, where he could be like a second striker.

“I was unlucky because they scored a goal in the seconds before that and then I’m going to face a different Newcastle.”

Asked for his assessment of Pogba’s performance, Mourinho added: “I don’t analyze players individually.”

According to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, Pogba has performs more on the left of a midfield three during his career, with his time at Juventus littered with key performances in a side that dominated in Italy and made great strides in Europe.

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