Liverpool legend criticises Manchester United Paul Pogba for his lack of basic understanding; while Jose Mourinho aims to dig at Pep Guardiola over David Silva fitness. Paul Scholes questions Luke Shaw lifestyle.
5. Hector Bellerin stamp looks very bad – Paul Pogba
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has insisted that there was no malicious intent behind his stamp on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin on Saturday.
Pogba was shown a straight red for a studs-up challenge on the Spaniard during United’s 3-1 win over the Gunners.
“Hector, I know him as well, and I would never give him a tackle like this. He was in a position that was a disadvantage for me so I done it,” The Sun quotes the 24-year-old as saying.
“It looks very bad but the intention wasn’t like that. The referee got the red card and that’s football.”
The dismissal will see Pogba miss out on this weekend’s Manchester derby, which has left him ‘disappointed’.
“I’m very disappointed because I really want to help the team and wanted to be there for this derby because obviously, we are playing City and in this moment we need points and we need to win,” he added.
“It’s an important moment, an important game so, like I say, disappointed.”
“I think we are all playing football, to play those kind of games and unfortunately for me, I won’t play. That’s destiny. I say destiny because I cannot go back in the past.”
4. Paul Scholes questions Luke Shaw lifestyle
Manchester United great Paul Scholes has suggested that Luke Shaw does not live his life as clean as he should. But he hopes to see the full-back hold down a place in the side under Jose Mourinho.
Shaw was handed his first start of the campaign against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday evening. He made the most of his rare chance by producing a solid display down the flank in United’s 2-1 win.
Scholes believes that it is important Mourinho selects Shaw more regularly, comparing him to former teammate Wayne Rooney.
“It’s difficult to say as we don’t see what goes on behind the scenes. I don’t think he lives his life as clean as he possibly should do,” he told BT Sport. “With his body shape, he looks like a player who needs to be playing every week.”
“We had Rooney, who was a player if he missed a couple of games you knew, he wasn’t looking after himself. He needs to be playing all the time, Saturday, Tuesday, whatever it may be. With Luke Shaw, is he going to get a run of 10 games in the team?”
“I’m not sure, the problem he has got is that Ashley Young has been brilliant at left wing-back. I hope there is a future for him. A couple of years ago, I thought we were signing the best left-back in the world.”
3. Mourinho aims to dig at Pep Guardiola over David Silva fitness
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has appeared to accuse his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola of playing mind games ahead of their huge derby match at Old Trafford this weekend.
The Portuguese coach’s comments came after the Spaniard suggested that David Silva might not play in the derby due to an unspecified ‘little problem’.
Asked for his own team news ahead of this weekend, Mourinho told reporters: “When we have a problem, we have a problem.”
“When players are injured, they are injured. I tell you the truth. The truth is Eric Bailly has no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick, no chance.
“No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth. Our opponents have all these issues. They have a big issue but, in the end, everybody is ready to play. They have phenomenal organisations. We are a bit more humble.”
United go into the game on Sunday trailing unbeaten leaders City by eight points.
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