Jose Mourinho defends Paul Pogba after Paul Scholes criticism
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 19/04/18 10:49am
Jose Mourinho has rejected stinging criticism from Paul Scholes on Paul Pogba, insisting the midfielder produced another "top performance" at Bournemouth.
Pogba laid on Romelu Lukaku's goal as Manchester United prevailed 2-0 in Wednesday's Premier League clash, with Chris Smalling also on target.
Former United midfielder Scholes insisted Pogba's below-par showing in Sunday's 1-0 home loss to West Brom was "disrespectful" to United manager Mourinho.
But Mourinho rejected that critique, choosing instead to praise Pogba for hitting back to form on the south coast.
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Asked to comment on Scholes' criticism of Pogba, Mourinho replied: "I don't agree. I agree that it wasn't a good performance at all [against West Brom]; with that I agree."
Mourinho made seven changes from the loss that handed Manchester City the league title for the Bournemouth trip - but crucially retained Pogba.
The France international produced a much-improved display, leaving Mourinho purring.
Asked to rate Pogba's showing at Bournemouth, Mourinho replied: "Top performance. Top performance. Obviously the performance against City was special, coming with two goals.
"But this performance was a very similar level. So top performance. He can do it."
United's return to winning ways was not enough to ease Mourinho's frustrations over Sunday's shock home defeat to West Brom however.
The Portuguese insisted he continues to mourn that loss, even if he still believes United can catch back up with champions and rivals City in future.
"My face is still the face of last Sunday and not the face of somebody who just finished a game and a win," said Mourinho. "I still live with the emotions of last Sunday.
"I know how to win titles. In case some of you guys don't know I won eight championships in four different countries, and three in this country. I know why you win, I know why you don't win.
"OK, no doubts about City's quality, and that in any circumstances they would win this title because they are the better [team].
"But we could have, perfectly, I would say 10 more points than we have. No doubts we should have 10 more points than we have."