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16 Feb 2018 14:24:59
"We played with one six and two eights. We played with [Nemanja] Matic as a six, [Jesse] Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left side.

“Do you know which is Pogba’s preferred system? Four-three-three. Do you know Pogba’s favourite position in a 4-3-3? Eight on the left, so it’s easy and honest and objective to say Paul didn’t play well against Newcastle, but don’t let people read things that are not true.

“You are paid to read the game and explain the game. Don’t say bull****. ”jose

Good point . Pogba didn't play well let's stop with the excuses and this ridiculous idea he can only play in a 3 .
People where posting he had to play in a 3 even after he had just played in a 3?

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16 Feb 2018 14:52:40
Brilliant from Jose, should put an end to the nonsense about Pogba this week, let's move on.

16 Feb 2018 14:57:21
The thing that worries me about that jesse lingard was meant to be playing in central midfield against newcastle.

If so it seems like a dereliction of duty as i hardly ever saw him in that position. He didn't track back enough to help matic and pogba and spent most of the game playing off lukaku.

Maybe we should playing someone on the right of a three who is actually a central midfield player, might just work.

16 Feb 2018 15:25:44
I thought Jess got up and down.

16 Feb 2018 15:51:29
I can see both sides on the pogba debate.
I think his concentration and awareness is often lacking and at times he can look lazy.
He has played on the whole above average imo.
I can also see that he was playing in a different system in italy in a slower league and had nowhere near as much defencive responsibility.
He is not defencive minded that's went we see players run off him and in behind him so often. That side of his game can be improved. But if he less defencive responsibility then he would do more damage.

For jose to suggest that jessie and pogba were playing the same role on either side of matic last week is a complete lie or else jessie should have been subbed after 20 muns as he was everywhere except centre midfield in that game.
Its all about balance, do we need a different midfielder in there with himself and matic to get the best out of pogba. Kroos or veratti would be ideal jorgino plays in a simialar vein. Busy industrious players that control the tempo of the game. Happy to sit and allow others do a lot of the running.
I think with the right partner alongside him he will be devastating.
No doubt he needs to improve but he can and will.

16 Feb 2018 15:54:52
Watch it again jred he was ahead of pogba and matic 80 or even 90% of the time.
I thought jessie was decent in the 1st half i'm not having a go at him but he was not playing the same role as pogba on the other side of matic.

16 Feb 2018 15:58:56
Lingard also got pulled off after an hour, probably because he wasn't being effective either.

16 Feb 2018 16:21:04
We really lack options. I'm expecting 2 signings in the summer.

16 Feb 2018 16:21:31
GDS. I disagree. I don't think mourinho is brilliant. He just told them it was a lie. Fair enough.
But mourinho will be brilliant when he has our team which has cost in excess of half a billion quid playing like a team that wants to win matches. I don't see anything brilliant happening at present.

16 Feb 2018 16:25:10
Bit harsh that on jessie probably only played 2 or 3 games in centre midfield in his life😀😀😀.

16 Feb 2018 16:26:13
I don't need to watch it again I said it during and after the match .
inders was a ahead and behind pogba which wasn't hard.
Pogba had the least amount of sprints and runs forward at half time according to the commentators . That from a cm?
Neville called it after about 10 minutes can't belive people are still struggling with that fact it was a 3 cm with pogba playing supposedly his best position.
All 3 where poor to average to be honest .
But cm has been an issue for months now

Bloke had a stinker and his part in the goal was criminal .
But he is a far better playing so let's stop with the silly excuses and more on .

I also think matic could be a big issue to slow using the ball imo need a good play maker in there to set our temp . our tempo is far to slow not surprised we are looking at a jorginho type .
I even thought Carrick done it well when he come on.

16 Feb 2018 16:38:05
We played crap and got beat it wasn't the first time in our illustrious history and it won't be the last .

Jose presser was very good and I'm looking forward to tomorrow a heavy victory I predict.

16 Feb 2018 16:43:20
Some times you just play crap .
What's with al the ex excuses.

16 Feb 2018 17:06:17
I think Matic is knackered which isn’t helping. He started brilliantly but looks a bit ponderous right now, I hope he gets a rest this week.

GDS nailed it further down the page and summarised what many of us have been talking about: the payers are good enough, they just need to show it.

16 Feb 2018 17:46:37
Dunno jred maybe my glasses aren't as fergie tinted as others the amount of games like the Newcastle one we lost I have seen I couldn't even put a number on there's been loads and historically we now go on another long unbeaten run .

We can't be that bad surely don't we have either the 1st or 2nd best defensive record in the league? .

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect them all it's just that my opinion is we are moving forward and the world isn't ending just yet.

16 Feb 2018 19:25:48
Defo and a lot more to come imo.

16 Feb 2018 19:40:32
I would play Carrick before matic . we have zero control in cm .
I know the ed said we wanted jorginho in the summer and it's no surprise.

16 Feb 2018 19:47:44
I find Jose's comments very worrying because if Lingard was supposed to be playing on the right and Pogba on the left of a midfield 3 then this clearly didn't happen or I'm blind. Both were all over the pitch and basically did what they wanted! Both got subbed!

Take a look at Pogba's heat map against Everton at Godison Park where he clearly played to the left of a midfield 3 (with Herrera on the right) then compare that to his heat map against Newcastle and for gods sake somebody show it to Jose!

If these were Jose's instructions they clearly paid no attention.

16 Feb 2018 19:48:32
Dean i should point out I totaly agree with you
We had a bad day it happens, not the first it won't be the last .

It's like pogba, he had a bad day tell me a player that hasn't. But it's stupid excuse after even stupid excuse .
Meant to be a great player? People arguing he isn't good enough to play cm?

16 Feb 2018 20:06:26
Maybe they weren't Jose instructions so he subbed him .
Bit like the spurs game .

16 Feb 2018 21:48:52
Pogba needs to step up I agree but people going on like he isn't a good player is madness there's quite a few with a point to prove atm Inc the manager and imo they will were nowhere near as bad as some make out.

16 Feb 2018 21:52:17
Oh and I'm personally of the opinion that great footballers can play anywhere so a slight change in position should not hamper his performance as much as it does .

As I said earlier there needs to be greater application from the lad .

16 Feb 2018 22:18:51
Absoultley deano.

16 Feb 2018 22:48:57
José tends to like the big, powerful midfielders. I like Jesse, but I think he's too lightweight to play centre midfield. He either plays at 10, or cuts in from the right.

17 Feb 2018 00:03:30
Agreed Stevie there is no way Jesse Is an orthodox midfielder.



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