Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba for his position in serving to Manchester United land a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night time.
World Cup winner Pogba was dropped to the bench following his efficiency within the weekend draw at Southampton and a dressing down by Mourinho publish sport, wherein the United boss labelled him “a virus”.
It was the most recent in an extended chapter of ups and downs between Mourinho and United’s membership document signing this season, but it was nonetheless a shock to see Pogba on the bench towards the Gunners, amid an Previous Trafford harm disaster.
Pogba arrived as a 75th minute substitute, changing goalscorer Jesse Lingard.
Sarcastically, the 26-year-old had Lingard to thank for even getting off the bench, with Mourinho having been making ready each Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata when Alexandre Lacazette scored for the guests to make it 2-1 within the 68th minute.
Nonetheless, as each had been preparing, England star Lingard equalised and solely the Belgian entered the fray.
That allowed Pogba to be United’s third sub on the night time, and Mourinho was joyful together with his efficiency within the sport’s latter levels.
“I believe Paul performed nicely,” Mourinho mentioned. “The 15 minutes he was on the pitch he performed nicely, in a second the place our defenders could not push up.
“Each time David de Gea had the ball all my defenders had been useless in entrance of him and I would like the crew to return up, I would like line of defense to push up.
“I need to play within the opposition half, at that second we have now Fellaini, we have now [Romelu] Lukaku, we have now Paul, however each time David had the ball, everyone was useless.”
When it was put to the Portuguese that United regarded ‘happier’ with out Pogba and £75million striker Lukaku within the beginning XI, Mourinho mentioned: “I do not perceive the place you need me to go. No. As I used to be saying, I believe Paul got here on and gave an excellent contribution and did not give a foul contribution.
“I introduced freshness and energy and totally different qualities to the attacking gamers however our defenders had been useless. Was not possible to take them out.
“David de Gea had the ball, waits two minutes for them, step-by-step to get well positions, or was kicking lengthy. When he was kicking lengthy was Lukaku and Rashford towards 5 Arsenal gamers. Our defensive gamers had been fully useless.
“And that made it tougher to maintain that happiness for the 95 minutes.”
Mourinho additionally insists that it was Arsenal who had been hanging on late on.
“Within the final a part of the sport was Arsenal wanting the draw, diving, getting the sport stopped, ready for the sport to go to the top and was us useless,” Mourinho added.
“All of the defensive gamers had been useless, all of them bodily in bother, which is clearly regular due to the circumstances.
“However once more constructive and we play in three days at dwelling let’s examine if we will now win three factors after three Premier League attracts as a result of we have to win towards Fulham.”