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"Paul is a good professional, Paul works well, Paul likes to train. I am still happy with how things are going and we can do it".

The Portuguese manager said he had been confused by the speculation over Pogba's best role in the side.

The Chilean has added energy and drive to Mourinho's side, and that will be needed against a Newcastle team battling relegation.

"The referee can not only look at the players and say 'this guy is a talented one I have to protect him, ' no he has to do it equally".

"It doesn't matter the tactical system the team plays, he will always be a midfield player". You can play with two, with one, play with three.

"When people ask his best position: he's a midfield player".

"And as a midfield player, it's hard to find a midfield player with more potential than Paul has because Paul has everything".

But Mourinho wasn't critical of his centre-back's mistake.

"In relation to his best position, I had a few laughs over the past few weeks because I heard, I watch, I had the chance to read a few things and I'm not English but I think I understand English enough to understand what you want to say with box-to-box", our boss said during the pre-match press conference.

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"Could he work in my direction?"

"I don't like the word "protect" the players because it looks like they have to protect only the top players but everybody on the pitch is the same". He made a big effort.

"I lost and I drew a few times [at Newcastle], I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game will not be hard".

Newcastle United recorded an excellent 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.

While United are enjoying the best season since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, they have been unlucky to come up against a seemingly indestructible Manchester City in the title race this year, with a Pep Guardiola's side only having lost one domestic game this season, a sensational 4-3 defeat to Liverpool last month.

'It's true. I think it's the only stadium in the Premier League (I have not won at) - also Huddersfield but I played there only once.

"I remember clearly without TV a Newcastle player jumping and two of my players looking at him and staying on the floor so the guy won the ball in the end and the second ball was in the face of David [De Gea]".

Jose Mourinho is not expected to make many changes in his attacking department against Newcastle, with fans likely to see the same lineup which featured against Huddersfield.

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