Jose Mourinho: Paul Pogba a good choice for man of the match vs Bournemouth

Jose Mourinho reacts to Paul Pogba getting MOTD against Bournemouth
Paul Pogba played well against Bournemouth (Picture: Reuters)

Jose Mourinho hailed Paul Pogbas performance against Bournemouth after Manchester United ran out 2-0 against the Cherries on Wednesday night.

Pogba was constantly busy in midfield, was involved in the first goal and provided the assist for Romelu Lukaku in the second half.

The Frenchman was awarded man of the match by BT Sport and the performance was in stark contrast to the display against West Brom on Sunday.

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Mourinho praised his under-fire playmaker and reacted to the news he was deemed man-of-the-match.

He said: Im not very good on man of the match, Im not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well.


Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice.

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Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Paul Pogba during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 18, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Bournemouth. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or
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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on April 18, 2018 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho was pleased with Pogbas performance (Picture: Getty)

The victory over the Cherries was the kind of performance Mourinho was hoping for after the shock defeat to West Brom.

With a FA Cup semi-final up next for Mourinhos side, the United boss was relieved to see his players perform with the right mentality.

No doubts about it [was a better performance]. The ball rolled, not one more touch, one more flick, one more trick, increasing the fluency of our football, the ball easily rolling and the players were running to get into offensive positions.

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It was based on good attitude, professionalism and a determination to win an important match for us because now its difficult to not finish in the top four.

In this moment I prefer to look to Chelsea until we confirm the top four place then I look to Spurs and Liverpool with a six and four point difference and we have to fight to keep it.

Mourinho reportedly said after the game that Pogbas display was good enough to earn a starting place against Tottenham, but the manager also insisted only three players were guaranteed a spot.

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