Pogba's future at Man United hangs in the balance

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Manchester United beat fellow Premier League side Huddersfield to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Mourinho feels the former Bayern Munich ace can play in front of the back four alongside Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford.

RTÉ Soccer analyst Eamon Dunphy claims Jose Mourinho's managerial style is not suited to players who are still developing, and works better with those who are more experienced in their careers.

Manchester United will reportedly make a move for Real Madrid's Toni Kroos this summer.

In what is going to be a pivotal week for Manchester United's season with two important games in the Champions League and against Chelsea, José Mourinho will have been thinking of how to get the upper hand tactically against two very different sides.

The John Smith Stadium was buzzing as the home fans kept calling for regular attacks and the players did hear them well.

"I was trying that with the simplicity of Michael Carrick because he tries to make everything simple and bring Alexis in an area close to Lukaku where he can be like a second striker".

Mourinho has had plenty to say about Paul Pogba lately, criticising his performances and rubbishing suggestions that his relationship with the midfielder has become strained, but he was reluctant to answer questions on the illness which ruled him out in the build-up to Saturday's game.

"I think Rashford, Herrera, Valencia [will be fit]", Mourinho said. Manchester United announced the starting lineup against Huddersfield.

The guidelines for VAR also limits its use to "clear and obvious errors, or serious missed incidents", and Mourinho said in his postgame news conference that the Mata goal did not pass that test.

According to The Sun, Mourinho accused Pogba of being "too casual" and "too careless" after hauling him off a minute after Matt Ritchie scored the Newcastle victor. Sometimes it goes against me and sometimes in my team's favor.

Against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United particularly, the weaknesses of both were exploited relentlessly, and, it is on this point that Hunt's assessment of United's outlook takes on another unusual element; "they have the forward players to rip teams apart on the break".

However, one negative on an otherwise excellent day for the Red Devils was the absence of star midfielder Paul Pogba from the club's squad to take on Huddersfield, after it was revealed that the Frenchman had fallen ill yesterday morning.

  • Julie Sanders