Rafa Benitez: Paul Pogba not at Steven Gerrard level

21 November, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Felix Jensen
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The Red Devils thrashed the Magpies 4-1 at Old Trafford this weekend, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pogba returning to action after long-term injuries.

The win kept United second, still eight points behind a City side they host on December 9.

Mourinho's team have now scored 19 goals in the six matches Pogba has started this season, and the Portuguese coach admitted he struggled to replaced the 24-year-old when he was sidelined.

"I think we can chase City, why is it not a possibility?" said Ibrahimovic.

"But we found then a certain balance and when they start finding, sometimes both, one opening the left and one on the mid-left between the striker and the left winger, it was the moment where we start creating more". We know his quality.

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Pogba went off after 70 minutes and headed straight down the tunnel, and Mourinho said the substitution was just a precaution after a two month lay-off, though he admitted he may rest the £89 million man against Basel in Switzerland on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic has impressed United staff with his professionalism and work ethic in bouncing back from an injury that could have finished the career of a player half his age. "I don't sign five or 10-year deals, I am just happy to be back playing and doing what I am good at". That gap remains significant and City do look imperious, but the players feel that if they can beat their neighbours then the gap can be quickly overhauled. "We had control, we had goals and handsome actions".

His replacement Lukaku scored the fourth against Newcastle, ending a run of seven games without a goal for the Red Devils.

Anthony Martial uploaded the following clip to his Instagram story after the game, as Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, and Paul Pogba danced and sang in celebration.

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle showed why he should be in the starting 11 with his team's only goal this evening.

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