Anthony Martial delighted with his form at Manchester United this season

'Here for Years' - Jose Mourinho Publicly Backs Luke Shaw for Long-Term Future at Man Utd

'Here for Years' - Jose Mourinho Publicly Backs Luke Shaw for Long-Term Future at Man Utd

And it is hard to find a midfield player with more potential than Paul has.

But Mourinho is in no doubt that Pogba is a unique midfielder and Manchester United would struggle to find a more complete player.

Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table but 13 points behind Manchester City in the title race.

"I had a few laughs over the past week because I heard, I watched, I had a chance to read a few things", Mourinho said.

Pogba, 24, has been under intense spotlight since being substituted in United's recent defeat at Tottenham and left out of the starting line-up for last weekend's home win over Huddersfield.

"It means that you have to defend well in this box, you must have the physical condition, the desire, the intensity, the stamina to go to the other box and in the other box you have to be good - scoring, creating, heading and so on and so on".

"He has been, for a few months, free of minor injuries that can stop [a player's] evolution and I'm really happy [with him]".

He added: "But I don't want attacking players, so don't speak about attacking players that are coming here, because nobody is coming here".

Veteran striker Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year contract last summer after initially being released, has been limited to just seven appearances across all competitions since returning from a seven-month absence in a 4-1 win over the Magpies in November, with another right-knee problem keeping him sidelined since the Boxing Day draw with Burnley.

He also provided an important update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claiming that the Swedish star has joined training with the team.

"The squad is good, everything is fine".

"Zlatan started training with the team two days ago".

Mourinho has never won an away match at Newcastle across his three spells in English football, drawing three and losing three of his six visits. "Paul is a good professional, Paul works well, Paul likes to train".

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