Mourinho deny Pogba injury, brands Newcastle players “Animals”

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Paul Pogba limped away from St James’ Park after Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle, according to reports.

The Manchester United midfield star played through the pain after picking up a knock during the warm up.

But he disappointed and was subbed off in the second half.

And he limped through the mixed zone after the game, wincing when asked how he was despite Jose Mourinho saying he was fine.

“No problems,” Mourinho said when asked how he was.

“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.”

Pogba had been dropped last week for the Huddersfield clash so had a point to prove.

But he flattered to deceive again as United were beaten by Rafa Benitez’s side.

Mourinho claims the hosts fought like animals for the result.

“They fought like animals – I hope they take that as a compliment,” he added.

“The gods of football were on their side. It wasn’t going to happen for us today.

“Newcastle gave what they have and what they don’t have, that’s a beautiful thing in football.

“They fought for their point, a point is what they had in mind. We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.”

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