Pogba has no injury, says Jose

Pogba has no injury, says Jose

"Then when they are in front they only had one thing in their mind".

Jose Mourinho's side were dominant throughout the game but let themselves down with lacklustre defending and uninspiring attacking play.

What little hopes Manchester United had of chasing down their cross-city rivals to win the Premier League title have all but been snuffed out, after suffering a shock, 1-0 loss to Newcastle. Here are our thoughts from the loss at St James' Park.

"We should look as hungry if not hungrier than them, that's no excuse for us".

Newcastle were indebted to on-loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who made a number of important saves, though United wasted several gilt-edged opportunities.

"The double miss of (Anthony) Martial is incredible in the last minute".

"Against a top side, you have to play in this way".

United, for their part, were not terrible - certainly not as very bad as they were against, say, Tottenham less than a fortnight ago.

"We had some (chances) with the score at 0-0".

"What a performance from Newcastle, and you have to say they deserved to win the match". Newcastle had something to do with their opponents' lacklustre showing, with pressing and harassing that forced mistakes and caused uncertainty, but the point is that Rafa Benitez felt emboldened enough to be aggressive against United, without fear his men would be overrun if they pressed too far.

This is a team whose constituent parts are not yet in sync, a mere 27 games into the season.

"We didn't show up, we started slowly and they pressed us and the crowd were on their feet", he told MUTV. Pogba wandered throughout the pitch once more without making any real difference to how United played.

The defenders in question were Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, each of whom summed up United's inadequacy with isolated moments in the second-half. Everything looks to be decided on individual moves, whether they go right or wrong.

The Sky Sports pundit was asked about recent newspaper comments criticising the midfielder's "schoolboy" positioning ahead of Manchester United's trip to Newcastle on Super Sunday.

"But the last two away games, against Tottenham, Smalling and Jones had a disaster they were bullied by Dele Alli and Harry Kane".

Smalling was penalised for diving after trying to run the ball out of defence.

Florian Lejeune climbed highest to head down Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick and Dwight Gayle laid it off for Matt Ritchie to fire past the helpless David de Gea.

"My verdict is we could've been here for 10 hours and not scored a goal", Mourinho said.

The tireless Ashley Young had a shot beaten away.

"'Those words' you thick twat!", the Englishman responded.

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