Pogba says Mour­inho de­serves ‘Spe­cial One’ tag

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager Jose Mour­inho de­serves his ti­tle of “The Spe­cial One” as he can make chal­leng­ing de­ci­sions to get wins and has won three tro­phies in his de­but cam­paign at the Pre­mier League club, mid­fielder Paul Pogba said.

Mour­inho won the Com­mu­nity Shield, Europa League and League Cup ti­tles but drew crit­i­cism af­ter an ab­ject league per­for­mance, where United fin­ished sixth in his first year in charge.

Pogba, has de­fended the Por­tuguese man­ager, cit­ing his de­ci­sive for­ma­tion switch against Chelsea that helped United beat the North Lon­don side for the first time in five years, as an in­di­ca­tor of Mour­inho’s abil­i­ties.

“He is the Spe­cial One be­cause he wins,” Pogba told Sky Sports on Thurs­day. “Some­times he does some ex­treme things. Against Chelsea, he changed our tac­ti­cal for­ma­tion just be­fore the game.

“We had never trained it be­fore but it worked out well. That was spe­cial. He won three tro­phies in his first year, that’s spe­cial as well. He de­serves his name.”

Pogba joined United be­fore last sea­son for a world record trans­fer fee of £89.3 mil­lion, and the price tag has led to him be­ing scru­ti­nised. but Mour­inho has stood up for the French in­ter­na­tional on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions.

“He’s a man­ager who is re­ally close with the play­ers. Per­son­ally, he wel­comed me, we had a talk and I had a good feel­ing from the first mo­ment on. He trusted and de­fended me. That’s all a player needs,” Pogba added.

Pogba will be in ac­tion for France’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Swe­den on Fri­day and the fol­low­ing friendly against Eng­land on Tues­day.

● For­mer Sun­der­land man­ager David Moyes was fined £30 000 by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion yes­ter­day for telling a re­porter that she “might get a slap”.

Moyes, who made the com­ments to the BBC’s Vicki Sparks af­ter Sun­der­land’s goal­less Pre­mier League draw against Burn­ley in March, apol­o­gised for his re­marks but was still judged by the FA to have brought “the game into dis­re­pute”.

“You were just get­ting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch your­self. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman,” the Scot was filmed telling Sparks over ques­tions she asked in an in­ter­view.

The ex­change was cap­tured on a mo­bile phone cam­era and pub­lished by the tabloid news­pa­per Daily Star on its web­site. Both par­ties ap­peared to be laugh­ing dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion. – Reuters

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