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Rio Ferdinand criticises Paul Pogba for one thing during Man United's win over Newcastle

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Manchester United reverted back to their fine early season form on Saturday evening with a 4-1 demolition of Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

It's no surprise that the Red Devils were back to their best with the majestic Paul Pogba back in the side after two months out through injury, but boss Jose Mourinho was also able to welcome back Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his matchday squad.

Goals from Pogba, Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling and the end of Romelu Lukaku's drought secured the points for United, but they were given an early scare when the visitors took the lead.

Dwight Gayle caught United by surprise when he met a DeAndre Yedlin cutback to give the Magpies the lead and many fans were left wondering if it was going to be another one of those days.

United were able to turn the game around and ended up leading 2-1 at half-time, but after the game, BT Sport pundit and former United defender Rio Ferdinand felt like more could have been done to prevent the goal.

To the surprise of many, he was pointing the finger at Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

"You need your midfielders to help," he said. “I thought Matic and Paul Pogba there need to do more there to get back."

Of course, during Rio's playing days as a centre-back, he probably passed the blame to the midfielders a fair few times. Still, he had a point; there weren't many United players back in their own box by the time Gayle connected with the cross.


“Identify the danger, just go into your back four and be there to snuff out danger. Today I don’t think they saw that quick enough. That was the reason I thought (the goal happened)."

Although Rio blamed Pogba for the goal, the French international went on to win the Man of the Match award during his first game back and has brought a renewed sense of optimism around Old Trafford.

Mourinho's men now face a trip to Basel in the Champions League before taking on Brighton in the league next weekend.

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