Jose Mourinho has revealed why youngster Scott McTominay started ahead of record signing – Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s win over Huddersfield on Saturday. The France international was substituted in the Red Devils’ defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday after a forgettable outing. He was even seen arguing with Mourinho on the touchline at Wembley.
And on Saturday, Pogba 24, was left on the bench as Scott McTominay took his place in the first team against the Terriers.
“I change a few players and the intention was not to punish anyone; Mourinho said.
“Because to punish anyone I also need someone to punish me because we are a team and when we win we win together and we lose together.
Mourinho went ahead to suggest that the 21-year old United youth product has the ‘desire’ to recover the ball quicker.
“But I made a few changes thinking about the characteristics of this game and I think this kid has a great desire to recover the ball when the team is not in possession; he added.
“He’s a kid that chases the ball, that tries to recover high up the pitch and when he has the ball it is always simple and against opponents like Huddersfield, so close and with so many bodies behind the ball, the simplicity sometimes is genius.
On how Pogba reacted to being dropped against the Terriers, Mourinho added: “The reaction you saw – coming to the pitch with great desire to play.
“To be honest, at half-time he was already, because I can analyse body language, showing that he was ready.
“Ready with physio, he was already starting his warming up, so I think he showed the way he took it in a very professional way.”