Paul Pogba most effective in Man Utd midfield three, says Danny Higginbotham


Pogba played next to Nemanja Matic at the base of the midfield in Man United's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last month and the pair were repeatedly overran.

"I had a few laughs over the past week because I heard, I watched, I had a chance to read a few things", Mourinho said.

"But with some comments from important people in football, I got a little bit confused because, for me, box-to-box means box-to-box and means you have to be good in this box, you have to be good in this road and you have to be good in that box".

"For me, with my Portuguese and trying just to translate into the English I just think midfield players and for me Paul is a midfield player.
A midfield player with more potential than Paul is hard to find because Paul has everything". He likes to train.

"Paul had a very professional behaviour and this week was not different to what Paul is every week", Mourinho said.

"I didn't create one problem to one fourth official on a touchline, apart from my red card at Southampton when I put a foot on the pitch".

Mourinho Shaw
Shaw seems to be out of Mourinho’s doghouse

United head to St James' Park to take on Newcastle on Saturday with Mourinho never having won a league game on Tyneside in six attempts.

"We're always ready and prepared and, what's more, we have the squad to cope with the amount of games, so it's an exciting period ahead". It doesn't matter the tactical system the team plays - for me, Pogba is a midfield player.

"(Rafa) Benitez knows how to get points so I think it is going to be hard". Now in second place and trailing runaway leaders Manchester City by a massive 13 points, the Red Devils' most realistic chances of silverware would be the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Mourinho indicated full-back Luke Shaw is set to sign a new long-term contract after the 22-year-old worked his way back into the first-team plans.

"But if you ask me if I think Newcastle are going to be in the Championship next season, I say immediately no way".

It has been claimed Manchester United offered the England global a lucrative contract last summer to snare him away from the north London club but the striker turned his back on them.

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