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Mourinho is in the headlines, this time with his star player Paul Pogba (£90M) who did not have a good game and was withdrawn by Mourinho immediately after Newcastle scored in the second half.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