Mourinho set to miss two key players ahead of Chelsea clash
Oct 21 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will field a "strong" side as a "difficult week" continues with a Europa League match against Fenerbahce.
"Two days ago he was the worst player in the Premier League and 48 hours later he's phenomenal", said manager Jose Mourinho, referring to criticism aimed at Pogba after his performance in Monday's goalless draw with Liverpool.
The England global was withdrawn at half-time during their Europa League clash with Fenerbache on Thursday, October 20 and the Portuguese manager is hoping he recovers ahead of the match against the Blues. But I told him I wanted to take it and he let me take it. I know teams play completely different from the Premier League. It is just at the start of the season and there is still a long way to go and we want to go up and do our best and be top of the [Premier] League. I don't know a tactical system that can play with four wingers at the same time.
Paul Pogba got the ball rolling for the hosts, coolly tucking away the penalty after a drawn-out run-up, before adding a second later in the half to put his side on their way to a comfortable win, which takes them joint-top of Group A.
I am not saying we are better but we are different. "We have to be ready", he said.
However, despite expecting to be fit enough to feature against the Red Devils, the 35-year-old centre back has been ruled out of contention after sustaining further damage to the same area as before - a move that will likely lead Conte to stick with the defence that has served him well in Terry's absence. Antonio Conte will look at this game as a good place to pick up a crucial three points. I am never happy to concede a goal.
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"It was good. They came with a good defensive plan and stopped us for the first period but then after the first two goals, both clear penalties, it opened the door for quality".