We could have played for 10 hours and not scored, fumes Mourinho

We could have played for 10 hours and not scored, fumes Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba wasn't carrying an injury during Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Mourinho's side remain second, 16 points adrift of Manchester City, but the Portuguese claimed to draw consolation from his old mentor, the former Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson.

Newcastle took all three points after Matt Ritchie's first Premier League goal of the season in the 61st minute left Jose Mourinho's men high and dry.

"They fought for their points and when they went in front, they gave their lives to keep a clean sheet".

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"I think it's a attractive feeling in football.

It's a lovely way to win the football match".

However, Ritchie's 65th-minute victor came against the run of play and the Magpies had to defend for their lives as time ran down.

"It wasn't going to happen for us but also they gave what they have and what they don't have, that's a handsome thing in football".

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But Mourinho is making a focused effort to change tack at a time of refereeing scrutiny, such as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's anger towards officials after last weekend's frenetic 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Ritchie's goal came from a free-kick awarded for a needless dive by United defender Chris Smalling inside his own half.

Manchester United's manager attempted to divert attention from the deficiencies of his team - and in particular those showcased in central midfield by Paul Pogba - with some extravagant, if fully -warranted, praise of Rafael Benítez and his -relegation threatened squad. "Alexis [Sanchez] had an open goal and then the countless opportunities of the last 20-25 minutes. It was an intuitive thing", he said.

Anthony Martial appeared certain to score when Nemanja Matic's measured pass sent him clear, but the keeper narrowed the angle and kicked away the shot.

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"You know clearly that, so I think it is bad if you put me in a position where I have to criticise a player".

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