José Mourinho: Manchester United’s improved defence not just due to defenders

Antonio Valencia is absent for tonight's Champions League match against Young Boys

Pogba's penalty certainly is one to watch and it is an interesting technique. He's never suffered back-to-back home league defeats in his managerial career but to counter that with a bit of negativity, United have lost three of their last five Premier League ties immediately following a Champions League match.

This season the 25 year old has had a good start to the season, scoring four goals, and being dominant for the Red Devils in midfield.

Despite the man of the match performance Souness couldn't help himself and he's once again criticised Pogba.

But, with Pogba, it's all about him and his game.

"For me, he is one of the best in the world".

City have strolled their games in the Premier League, they have strolled through their group in the Champions League for the last few years and against Lyon, maybe the City players thought it would be another walk in the park and they took their eye off the ball.

Mourinho is particularly pleased by his team's defensive improvement, which he attributes to a collective effort rather than any particular combination of players.

"You can't pick and choose when you want to be bang at it".


"He came for €100m, you factor in United pay a premium but I don't see much difference from when he turned up".

I think this is more the influence of the moment.

"So, I think if they think the season is going to be easy for them, I think they are wrong, but I don't think they are wrong because they all know the season is going to be hard". I don't see him having improved at all since the day he arrived.

"It's not just about I'll play and I'll play, there's another side to the game".

"With him, he needs to sit down and look at himself if he wants to get where he wants to be".

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Souness's latest comments about Pogba caused quite a stir on social media. "A team that yesterday looked very bad, today looks very good and yesterday, looked very good, today looks very bad". It isn't even a question.

"I wonder if he trains properly every day, that is a stab at the dark at something that could improve". He's a proper player.

"I think Paul came from the World Cup and he was the last one to come because he played the final. Paul Pogba. I don't want to play against Milner".

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