Mourinho battled to convince Pogba on United move


'To get back to the Champions League we need to do well in the Premier League, so the first step is to recover the self-esteem, which I think we are doing, ' he said.

Such was Pogba's performance that Carragher said he felt sorry for Fellaini, who he said was exposed by the Frenchman's positioning, as David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne ran the show in the first half.

I think, for a central midfield player, in a game of that magnitude, it was one of the most ill-disciplined performances you'll see in the first 45 minutes.
He is mainly a no.9 and, if we want him to play in a different position, we need to work on him and improve him but his big personality is there.

"The Portuguese had started Juan Mata and Anthony Martial out wide in all three league games prior to the Manchester Derby, but chose to drop them for Mkhitaryan and Lingard".

Pogba will get another chance to prove himself, when he and United take on Feyenoord in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday in Rotterdam. Henrikh Mkhiratyan and Jesse Lingard were the players who were brought off.

Mourinho puts his success in extracting the maximum from his troops down to not only coaching his players but also interacting with them on a personal level.

Saturday's contest saw the Blues, particularly in the first half, once again produce the slick, passing football with which their new manager has for so always been associated.

In his two previous games, Rashford had scored a late victor for United against Hull City and a hat-trick on his debut for the England under-21s against Norway.

The France worldwide was re-signed by United from Juventus for a world record of £89m in August. The space in the centre of that pitch and he was left on his own by Pogba. It can never have been his intention to spend £89 million on a holding midfielder.

Last season's fifth-place finish in the Premier League meant FA Cup glory was not enough to save manager Louis van Gaal, with Jose Mourinho swiftly named his successor at Old Trafford. However, the pleasantries do not appear to have extended post-game.