Mourinho explains Pogba’s substitution against Newcastle as tactical plan

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Paul Pogba was not injured, explaining that his choice to substitute the Manchester United midfielder during their 1-0 loss to Newcastle was a tactical one.

“No problems,” he said after the game when asked about the France international.

“I wanted a better way [in midfield] against a side that was defending in a block.”

“I wanted the simplicity of Michael Carrick and I wanted Alexis closer to Lukaku where he could be like a second striker.”

The star was hooked in the 66th minute , as the Red Devils struggled to break the Magpies down at St James’ Park.

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