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Mourinho close to signing new deal at United

Mourinho close to signing new deal at United

United maintained their 100 per cent start to 2018 as they responded to Manchester City's first loss of the season to cut the leaders' advantage to 12 points.

He was part of the United squad that won just three of their final six games to blow an eight-point lead in 2012, allowing City to win the league on goal difference.

This weekend is likely to see returns to the starting lineup for Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, however, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's poor recent showings mean he will be relegated to a space on the bench.

In Monday's 3-0 league win over Stoke, Pogba made 77 passes with a completion rate of 90 percent and his 96 touches were the most of any United player on the field.

"To be honest, we're not looking to the past, we're just looking to the future to the next games, we just want to catch City". Indeed, the midfielder has not been on the losing side in his last 35 Premier League games for United.

Mourinho is fond of saying there are two Uniteds: One with Pogba and one without.

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Valencia and Lukaku were involved in the buildup before Pogba played a fizzing pass to Martial on the edge of the box. The 24-year-old has missed 15 games in all competitions this season through a combination of injury and suspension.

'We scored two fantastic goals and for me that was the good thing of the first half.

The Englishman spent more than a year on the fringes of the United first team, and was publicly criticised by Mourinho last season for not being on the same level as the rest of the players. "I know how the game works". Appointed earlier in the day to replace the sacked Mark Hughes, the new manager saw the Potters concede three more league goals to take their tally for the season to 50, more than any other side in Europe's "big five' divisions".

The 31-year-old former Irish global has already appeared once for Stoke this season, playing 72 minutes in Mark Hughes' last match as manager - the 2-1 defeat by Coventry in the FA Cup.

It is not the name supporters were expecting, but they won't care if their club is still in the Premier League come August.


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