Defeat At Newcastle Leads To Fallout At Manchester United


There has been some fallout reported after Manchester United surprisingly lost 1-0 to Newcastle last Sunday.

And as usual Jose Mourinho is in the headlines, this time with his star player Paul Pogba (£90M) who did not have a good game and was withdrawn by Mourinho immediately after Newcastle scored in the second half.

Pogba didn’t even challenge for the Shelvey cross that was headed down by Lejeune and brilliantly flicked on by Dwight Gayle to Matt Ritchie, who smashed the ball home for the winner.

Jose has denied there is a deteriorating relationship with Paul Pogba, who was completely outplayed by Shelvey (£12M) and Diame (£4.5M) in central midfield last Sunday.

Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba – in discussions at Newcastle

Mourinho said he played Pogba in his best position despite media reports in France that Pogba is, in fact, being played out of position.

And there was also supposed to be a bust-up between the two in the dressing room after the game at St. James’ Park.

Mourinho has called these reports lies and had this to say about his star player:

“He had a big injury in the season,” “He almost went to surgery like Dembele in Barcelona went with a very similar injury.”

“The decision was not to do it and go to a conservative treatment, which resulted very, very well. Everybody really happy with the way things went.”

“He was playing phenomenal before that, he played phenomenal after that.”

“He had a red card against Arsenal probably in his best match of the season, in his best moment and probably in the team’s best moment.”

“He was out for a long, long time and in this moment, he is not playing well. Period.”

“And the team needs him at a good level and when he is not a good level the team is not as good as when he plays phenomenal.”

“I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players for some reason are not performing. Period.”

“You don’t need to come with ‘we are going to sell him’, ‘we want to sell him’, ‘he wants to leave’, ‘we fight every day’, ‘we don’t see each other’. “

“You don’t need that, and some people go in that direction.”

“Some of them I know them for many, many years, I know the profile. I know their surname is liar.”

“There are people in your world that their surname is liar and that’s not nice.”

Jonjo Shelvey had one of his best games ever for Newcastle, and Mo Diame has been a revelation in the holding position for Newcastle.

If he can hold his position and form through the end of the season, Rafa could even extend his contract, which has about 17 months to run.

Diame is vital to Newcastle because he is one of the few players with Premier League experience and is beginning to show – to Newcastle’s advantage.

He has been terrific for us over the last few months and is now looking an excellent buy for just £4.5M.

Comments welcome.


35 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I have always thought that Pogba is overrated. He’s not a bad player, but he’s not world class in my eyes. Pogba’s rating seems to have been inflated as much as his fee. He’s not a £90 million player anyway, Addidas part-funded that deal and overpaid for him. Pogba will never be as good as a Yaya Toure, not even close.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Tsunki

    “Nobody believes a politician” is talking politics, surely!

    No Ron. It’s Ethics. Different sport. 🙂

    Anyway I’m sure we can all agree eds blog rules are binding and well-founded, let us all obey his will as our great leader and organiser ha ha oops…

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  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Just watching a re run of Southampton WBA. Southamptons first goal was a joke, it was as though some of the West Brom players went missing. Can’t think where they might have gone mind.

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  • Tinman

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Pogba is phenomenal in the nr10 role. Period. So play him there and stop whining

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    78′ The gaffer makes his first change. Mitrovi? goes off to a thunderous applause and is replaced by Kamara. #FFC

    Lots of good words about mitro yesterday from being the missing jigsaw piece to bringing lots more players into attack with his hold up play aswell as having john terry in his back pocket and wiping out a linesman

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    I still think rafa made an error in not giving mitro more chances. He helped as get a vital point as west brom when we were shocking but helped change the game for us. Watching him for Serbia i saw more pace than I had thought he had too. Either way I think we dodged a bullet with Jorgensen at that price.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Well if he wiped out a linesman it can’t be all bad. 🙂

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree manxpie, he didn’t score or assist but he had a good game yesterday. It seems there are posters who are quick to judge him after his first start since last season. It seems it’s a case of if he’s not on the scoring sheet he must have done poorly in some people’s mind. I reckon there’ll be some posters quietly happy that he doesn’t do well.

    Just have a look on fulham fans comments on Twitter and you’ll get to see what they thought and think of him. He had a good game, his link up, team play and physicality is important for them. The manager rightly credits mitrovic for aiding the first goal too as his movement creates the space for sessegnon.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Well I don’t think I’m in the “quick to judge” category of a player who’s been with us years and done very little except windmill and whose championship contribution was hardly necessary to promotion. Let’s see how he pans out as you say.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Mitrovic’s team play is what we needed. Superb individual skill but he works so hard for the team off the ball #FFC

    8/10 – bullied defenders, 3 decent shots and, most importantly, makes our passing game more effective by giving us a viable direct option

    Mitrovic adds a whole new dimension to our play, Targett is the left back we have been needing all season, Sess gets better every week and the midfield trio of last season have found their stride #FFC

    Mitrovic was absolutely brilliant yesterday. A talented version of Matt Smith and the type of player we’ve been really missing.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Rafa made an error not giving Mitro more chances…. Still trying to enjoy that pint Munster. Not finished yet ha ha

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Ronaldo oh there are defo posters that cant wait for him to fail
    His hold up play is what lots of people are talking about and wat we have missed all season

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  • tommotoon

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Rafa ain’t daft he will want Mitrovich to come back a better player. I think it’s a case of ” go to Fulham and show me what you can do ”. He may still have a future playing for the toon.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Tsunki
    We’ve been down here too many times before and it’s boring so I don’t want to do it again, plus I’m not on here long. When it comes to mitrovic you have already made your mind up and can’t seem to look at it objectively. He’s not done great for us but no need to downplay his exploits for us.

    First season, new league, new team, mclaren as manager and only 20 being forced to be the main man at that age in a relegation threatened team. Still scored 9 goals in 23/24 starts. Not bad really looking at it in context.

    Last season not a great impact but not as bad as you make out. 11 starts, not in a run, is not exactly a lot now is it. Still scored 5 goals and 6 assists. Could be better of course but decent still.

    Don’t forget his international record and his clinical finishing is improving as you can see by him starting 15 league games under Rafa and scoring 9 goals.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #16

    “Mitro got subbed not much mention of their new goalscoring tank unfortunately.”

    And you read he looked unfit tsunki
    And thats how he was for us in the champo

    Its almost as if you have an agenda tsunki

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Mitro was very good against a 37 year old CB
    ending his career at a Championship club.

    I should hope he was

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Slavisa Jokanovic , Mitro’s countryman
    knows Aleksandar has to constantly
    have his ego stroked.

    Rafa couldn’t be arsed
    Can’t say I blame him.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s not the first time Mitrovic has bullied Terry. Mitrovic sent Terry packing when Terry played for Chelsea.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Whoa hang on Mitro Club! I’m only going off his track record and the judgement of a succession of managers, the last being a very good one, and er…ahem… his results. I only did a quick scan and quote of a Fulham poster sorry about that

    I would like nothing more than for him to come good but so far he’s not given us that. Sorry. He seems likeable but this is professional sport.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 18, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Can we get back to talking politics, or ethics, or something?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes it’s the full NUFC defence experience – being bombarded by attacks from both wings. 😀

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  • manxpie

    Feb 18, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Apart from dummetts side tsunki

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  • Toonfan8

    Feb 18, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Full round of applause for Mitro. What a start, and what a player Mitro is. His attitude, his match fitness, his pressure on the ball, all have been proven to be superb for us – and answers the doubters – myself included. Now let’s see AK47 do what he does and score goals!

    This is from Fulham blog from fulham fan. Mitro for me is great player, but was sitting on bench for more than year, He will be better with rum of games and will become fan favourite

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Huddersfield making real hard work
    of their cup tie vs ManU
    Sheesh they are easy to beat when
    you have them at home !
    😎

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    I didn’t understand what the furore was over Corbyn yesterday as I hadn’t read any of the articles.

    And apologies Ed but I did want to add my 2 pennorth.

    As I read the DT article I was wondering what secrets he might be privvy to and then I had to laugh when it was revealed he had given a “Newspaper” clipping to his supposed spymaster. A newspaper clipping, really!!

    I’m not a Corbyn supporter but that as evidence is ridiculous.

    Anyway apologies again and back to football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    The man’s ignorance is monumental.
    Jib this morning.
    Something we have never seen
    before at SJP – players improving!

    Even SBR and KK brought in off-the-
    peg ready mades.
    Did SBR not sign Bellamy, Jenas and Milner who went on to win Young Player of the Year. Ffs

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 18, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Just watchin norwich/ipswich match and maddison and murphy been canny good…we should be having a look at these 2 at the end of the season…. maddison has great feet,quick good passer and threat on goal,murphy good feet,very quick,hard worker….worth a look.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    SPRINGY
    i read an article yesterday that Norwich value them at £30m for the two of them !!
    do you think there worth that ???
    i don’t know enough about them but there looking good today

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 18, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Looking forward to the mighty Rochdale taking on Spurs!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 18, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #32

    hibbit

    Probably the going rate in these over inflated prices times!!

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail
    Milner’s first Premier League match for Newcastle came
    against Middlesbrough on 18 August 2004

    On 30 August 2004, Robson was dismissed by Freddy Shepherd

    whoops

    Mr Tuff might have to thrash you
    😀

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  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 18, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Mitro would make a better Prime Minister than Jeremy Corbyn.

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Sweaty

    YOU

    would make a better MP than agent Cob

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