Mourinho to ration Dalot appearances for Manchester United

Mourinho believes any post-Russia hangover is mental rather than physical, with World Cup victor Paul Pogba inspiring United to victory in their Champions League opener at Young Boys.

Wolves held their own against Manchester City last month, drawing 1-1 at Molineux, and Nuno said: "There is no game I recall that we changed".

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But Mourinho continues to put his faith in Pogba and has made him captain in the absence of Antonio Valencia.

With the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho during the summer transfer window, many expected Milner to play a limited role this season but he is one of the first names on the team sheet.

"I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before", he said.

Pogba's second goal on Wednesday night came from the penalty spot and Mourinho said after the game that he was impressed by the midfielder's courage to step up and take responsibility, despite having missed his last penalty against Burnley. That's easy. It isn't even a question. Having the ball is only half of the game.

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"And they can say, "Oh, Manchester United, good team, good squad, City good squad, good team".

"I wonder if he trains properly every day, that is a stab at the dark at something that could improve".

"Last year I had the opportunity to play at Old Trafford with Benfica and it was a great experience and now here is another opportunity".

"I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play the first match nearly without training against Leicester and played a very good match".

Pogba was inspirational in France's Russian Federation 2018 success and has scored four goals in all competitions this season despite rumours of a rift with Jose Mourinho. The 25-year-old was also happy with his first goal but claimed that the result was more important for Manchester United.

Paul Pogba's fine form for Manchester United this season is evidence that post-World Cup hangovers are as much mental as physical, according to the club's manager Jose Mourinho. More than that, though, it has been the ambitious, attractive way Wolves have played that has caught the eye.

"There's a player in there, but I don't think he's getting the most out of himself", Souness added.

  • Lawrence Cooper