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Paul Pogba was seen limping through the mixed zone and apparently winced when asked about his injury following Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.
The Frenchman pulled up and winced after taking a shot in the warm up and, despite usually being one of the last, went down the tunnel before anyone else, casting doubt over whether he would start against the Magpies.
He did manage to start but was clearly miles below his best, ambling through the game and losing the ball on several occasions before being hooked off after 65 minutes.
And while Jose Mourinho insisted after the game that Pogba had “no problems”, Press Association’s Simon Peach managed to capture a video which hints towards the exact opposite.
#MUFC midfielder Paul Pogba limped through the mixed zone (not particularly clear in this video). Despite appearing to be in some discomfort, still stopped to have pictures with kids. Winced when asked how he was pic.twitter.com/MeUSgatrgR
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) February 11, 2018
There was plenty that didn’t make much sense at St James’ Park: Mourinho’s decision to use a system that has failed them on numerous occasions already this season, along with the use of the same back four which crumbled at Wembley, are just a couple of examples.
But perhaps the most ludicrous of all was the decision to keep Pogba on the pitch despite it being clear that the Frenchman was operating at about 60 per cent.
This was notably different from performances criticised in the past. Even then, the 24-year-old always wanted the ball, always felt involved, determined to bend the game in United’s favour.
Against Newcastle, however, he seemed to float through the encounter like a ghost, barely noticeable at times, his mind and body clearly not in step with the game like usual. Supporters will only hope to see a replenished, fully-fit Pogba next time around.
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West Ham chairman David Sullivan has promised to overhaul the club’s recruitment policy ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Hammers had a very poor January window which was followed by the sacking of Tony Henry.
The former chief of recruitment was dismissed after making racist remarks in an email. Apparently, Henry said to an agent that West Ham would not consider signing African players anymore.
Sullivan has asked the fans to have faith in the club to turn it around in the transfer market. The West Ham co-chairman believes that the club will analyse their targets better in future and they won’t be spending money just for the sake of it.
The West Ham fans will certainly appreciate this initiative from the club. There is no doubt that the Hammers need to improve their recruitment in order to break into the top 8.
He said: “Going forward, we are going to completely re-jig it, I am going to delegate the whole thing to a huge new analysis system and a new head of recruitment, massive video analysis department, increase the scouting. Every player will be looked at five or six times, we won’t be signing a player based on who the manager has never seen play; the manager will watch him play and we hope we will spend our money better. We are not going to spend money for the sake of it.”
West Ham spent a considerable sum of money in the summer but former manager Slaven Bilic struggled to get their best out of his new signings. The arrival of Moyes has made a positive impact on the new players and the likes of Chicharito and Arnautovic have improved in the recent weeks.
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba wasn’t carrying an injury during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.
The Frenchman appeared to wince in pain after taking a shot in the warm-up at St James’ Park and, having spoken to Rui Faria, went back down the tunnel.
Pogba played nonetheless but he clearly didn’t look anywhere his best, ambling through the game and hardly ever producing a decisive touch, and was hooked off for Michael Carrick soon after his failure to compete at a set-piece allowed Newcastle to score.
But Mourinho, when asked about whether Pogba was carrying an injury, paused for a second – clearly thinking hard about what to say next – before replying: “No, no problems.”
Mourinho’s laconic response, along with the pause that preceded it, tells you that something is awry.
But that much was painfully clear on the pitch anyway. Pogba begun the game clearly limping and, aside from a few nice touches in the first half, descended quickly into anonymity – unable, or perhaps unwilling, to win 50/50s, leaving Nemanja Matic with a thankless and overwhelming task.
One obvious rule of thumb at the highest level is that anybody not at 100 per cent shouldn’t be on the pitch – especially against a Newcastle side described as ‘animals’ by Mourinho in the aftermath. And Pogba, needless to say, was nowhere near that.
Chelsea vs West Brom
The final Premier League match in gameweek 27 is on Monday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, fresh from a 4-1 defeat at Watford, take on a West Brom side starring relegation in the face.
After Tottenham beat Arsenal in the north London derby, Chelsea’s top four status is under major threat.
Antonio Conte needs a win to keep the Blues in the Champions League hunt, as well as to keep his job.
Will Marcos Alonso play vs West Brom?
Many Chelsea and FPL managers are sweating over Marcos Alonso before the West Brom match.
One of the big shocks for Chelsea at Watford was the complete absence of Marcos Alonso from Antonio Conte’s XI.
Alonso has been an ever present for Chelsea this term. And fans were given no indication in the build up to the Watford game that Alonso was a doubt.
On Monday night, reports claimed that the Spanish wing-back was left out the squad as a precautionary measure.
Alonso missed Watford with a minor hamstring issue. So will that keep him out vs the Baggies?
Conte has stayed tight-lipped about his left wing-back. The official line is that Alonso will be a late decision.
There’s a split of opinion on how Chelsea will line up in attack.
Alvaro Morata is again missing, so it’s either going to be Olivier Giroud leading the line or Eden Hazard in a false nine role.
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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed his side may be without Alvaro Morata for some time yet, and that the back injury keeping the player out shows no signs of being fixed.
That’s not great news for Chelsea, and while they only have to face West Brom and Hull in their next couple of games, it’s the Champions League tie against Barcelona that will have Conte and the fans worrying.
Conte did admit that winter signing Giroud is available, and will be able to play this weekend, and Chelsea know they can’t drop anymore ground in the race for the top four after inconsistent results since the turn of the year.
Conte said in his presser: “Giroud is training with us and is in contention.
“Players like Morata we are missing for a long period.
“I don’t know, he is trying to stop this pain in his back.
“I don’t know and for this reason I am a bit worried as you know very well the importance of this player.”
When it comes to his own future, Conte wasn’t pulling any punches, and made it clear that he is fully committed to Chelsea, the players and the club.
It may well be the case that he leaves come the end of the season, but for now, the Chelsea boss is happy to stay and work with the under-performing players – and has even given them some time off due to their heavy schedules.
“I am not thinking for only one moment the possibility of going away from this club.
“My commitment and the players are totally for this club.
“A lot of time in football the manager and the coach depends on the result. At the moment we are having a poor result.
“For this reason we have to pay great attention.
“I think it was the only moment in the whole season to give them a bit of rest. For this reason.
“I think in the future it will be very important to have a little space and room with the federation to give a bit of room for the players. When you play a lot of games, especially when you go through in the competitions.
“We are playing in the FA Cup and two games against Norwich, then CL and the league.
“A bit of rest for the players, not just mine, but in general is important.