Man Utd set price for Pogba sale

"I don't think there's a huge gap in performance levels between the teams, but we end up losing. I met players who are 30 years old and not consistent at all and I found boys of 18,19, 20, real men, real pros", he added.

Saturday's FA Cup semifinal between Manchester United and Tottenham brings to mind the old quote from Bill Shankly who, while laying the foundations for success at Liverpool, insisted: "First is first and second is nowhere".

"Callum's got goal side and the chance to tap the ball into an empty net, and for me it's a penalty", said Howe.

"I just feel sorry for the fans".

"I'm not very good on Man of the Match [awards], especially as I'm a team manager, not a player's manager", Mourinho told BT Sport.

In view of this, some of the senior players have made a decision to take matters into their own hands, and as per Daily Star, Michael Carrick and David De Gea held a private chat with Pogba in a bid to try and solve troubles between him and Mourinho.

The majority of players didn't play the last match. But the fact that Mourinho has chosen to do so suggests that he feels strong enough to take the risk.

That limp surrender had gifted the Premier League title to Manchester City, prompting Mourinho to accuse his players of complacency.

To conclude, although it wasn't the best performance from us, it was the best way to bounce back after Sunday's result and it puts us in a better position for the clash with Spurs after they drew 1-1 to Brighton.

But the owners' patience will not last forever.

"We didn't lose points in the two duels against the direct opponents, but then we lost points against teams that were promoted - we lost against Huddersfield and lost against Newcastle".

In terms of the football, the view among the hierarchy is that winning football is entertaining football so substance, rather than style, is the requirement.

Everyone knows how good Pogba could be, even Mourinho, but at 25 years of age he needs to start delivering the goods week in week out.

The transfer market has inflated considerably since United signed Pogba for £89 million in 2016, but asking for £50 million more is very bold.

And Mourinho has confirmed some early team news, indicating three players have places guaranteed in his starting XI.

  • Julie Sanders