Mou praises Pogba’s penalty courage, lauds re­vi­talised Mar­tial Jose re­veals what Juve pres­i­dent told him

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MANCH­ESTER — Jose Mour­inho in­sisted he is happy for Paul Pogba to re­main his penalty taker de­spite the mid­fielder miss­ing from the spot for the sec­ond time this sea­son in Manch­ester United’s 2-1 win over Ever­ton.

Pogba at least net­ted the re­bound af­ter a stun­ning save from Jor­dan Pick­ford ap­peared to have pun­ished him for a bizarre, stut­ter­ing run-up that fea­tured 26 steps.

An­thony Mar­tial won the penalty, af­ter go­ing down un­der a chal­lenge from Idrissa Gu­eye, although Ever­ton man­ager Marco Silva ac­cused him of div­ing to gain the de­ci­sion.

And, af­ter Mar­tial had scored a sec­ond to con­tinue his re­cent fine form, Ever­ton won a penalty of their own, con­verted by Gylfi Sig­urds­son, to en­sure United faced an anx­ious 13 min­utes be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

But a relieved Mour­inho praised Pogba af­ter the game for hav­ing the men­tal strength to take the 27th minute penalty.

“The thing I like is the de­sire to take it,” said Mour­inho.

“I don’t like Mickey Mouses, frag­ile, afraid, who go, ‘I don’t take penal­ties.’ I like the player that wants to take it.

“Paul wants to take them and that, for me, is fan­tas­tic. Can he im­prove? I think he can.

“The goal­keep­ers know his run­ning, they don’t move and they are wait­ing for his de­ci­sion, so he has to learn from that but for me the most im­por­tant thing is he wants to go again.”

Silva was less pleased with United’s French con­nec­tion, as he ac­cused Mar­tial of div­ing to win the penalty award from Jon Moss.

“It was not a penalty, clearly the player dived, it leaves a bad sen­sa­tion. I told the play­ers at half­time it was not a fair re­sult,” said the Por­tuguese coach.

“That mo­ment makes it easy for our op­po­nents. You are more ex­posed then be­cause you have to take more risks.”

There was no dis­pute about Mar­tial’s sec­ond goal, af­ter 49 min­utes, as he gath­ered a short pass from Pogba and curled a su­perb 18-yard shot CAPE TOWN — Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho has re­vealed that Ju­ven­tus pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli told him he was aim­ing for 10 suc­ces­sive league ti­tles.

Mour­inho has been full of praise for Juve since United’s 1-0 mid­week Uefa Cham­pi­ons League de­feat to the Bian­coneri. This de­spite the fact that he was once in the hot­seat at In­ter Mi­lan, one of their fiercest ri­vals.

The 55-year-old com­pli­mented them again while speak­ing to Tut­tosport, re­veal­ing: “In the tun­nel lead­ing to the dress­ing rooms at our sta­dium, I told Pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli that they’d win their eighth con­sec­u­tive Scud­etto.

“He replied it wasn’t enough for him and that he wanted to win 10 in a row. I like how Ju­ven­tus work. Cape Town — Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho has re­vealed that Ju­ven­tus pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli told him he was aim­ing for 10 suc­ces­sive league ti­tles.

Mour­inho has been full of praise for Juve since United’s 1-0 mid­week Uefa Cham­pi­ons

past Pick­ford. But, af­ter Bernard had rounded David de Gea but some­how placed the ball into the side-net­ting three min­utes later, Ever­ton fi­nally claimed a de­served goal af­ter Chris Smalling brought down Richarli­son.

Vic­tory vin­di­cated Mour­inho’s de­ci­sion to drop Romelu Lukaku from his start­ing line-up although the United man­ager, while claim­ing he was happy with his team’s per­for­mance, fol­lowed up with a damn­ing anal­y­sis of his side’s cur­rent lim­i­ta­tions.

“We are play­ing okay,” said Mour­inho. “We are not as rock solid as I would like, we don’t have that killer in­stinct I would like.

“Some teams they have three chances and score three goals. Some teams with­out the ball, can re­sist and keep a clean sheet all the time.

“But for us in this mo­ment it is al­most League de­feat to the Bian­coneri. This de­spite the fact that he was once in the hot­seat at In­ter Mi­lan, one of their fiercest ri­vals.

The 55-year-old com­pli­mented them again while speak­ing to Tut­tosport, re­veal­ing: “In the tun­nel lead­ing to the dress­ing rooms at our sta­dium, I told Pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli that they’d win their eighth con­sec­u­tive Scud­etto.

“He replied it wasn’t enough for him and that he wanted to win 10 in a row. I like how Ju­ven­tus work.

“They were al­ready very strong and yet they made four more big sign­ings in Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Bonucci, Emre Can and Cancelo.

“They’re go­ing for the tre­ble and if they don’t suc­ceed in it this sea­son, they’ll try again next year and so on.”

No coach has led an Ital­ian side to Cham­pi­ons League glory since Mour­inho’s tre­ble-win­ning sea­son at In­ter Mi­lan.

How­ever, the Red Devils man­ager is not fair­ing as well at his cur­rent club, who cur­rently sit eighth in the Premier League. — Sport24.

im­pos­si­ble to keep a clean sheet even with the phe­nom­e­nal goal­keeper we have.

“And to score goals is re­ally dif­fi­cult for us — you can see that in this mo­ment. In the last nine matches, be­tween (Mar­cus) Rash­ford and Lukaku, we’ve scored one goal.”

At least Mour­inho cur­rently has Mar­tial, who is in the mid­dle of con­tract talks with United over an ex­ten­sion, en­joy­ing his best form un­der the cur­rent man­ager with four goals now in his last three Premier League games.

“He took quite a long time to un­der­stand what we want, quite a long time for his brain and body to be ready for how we want him to play,” said Mour­inho.

“At the mo­ment he is play­ing very well. Even if he doesn’t score, to cre­ate what he is cre­at­ing, it is a solid per­for­mance for the team.” — AFP.

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