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Alan Shearer identified the two Man United stars Mourinho should be worried about

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BBC pundit Alan Shearer was in the Match of the Day studio on Sunday night to analyse Manchester United's shock 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle on Sunday.

Paul Pogba, 24, was the star performer at Old Trafford earlier this season but his recent performances have been far from satisfactory.

He was dropped for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last week following a dismal display against Spurs at Wembley - and he was hauled off in the 66th minute at Newcastle.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville commentated on Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle for Sky Sports.

The 42-year-old pundit suggested Pogba was suffering with an injury at St. James' Park but Jose Mourinho insisted otherwise.

"No problems," said Mourinho when asked if Pogba had an injury. "I wanted a better way to come out in the first phase against a team that was defending in a very compact block.

"I was trying that with the simplicity of Michael Carrick because he tries to make everything simple and bring Alexis [Sanchez] close to an area to [Romelu] Lukaku where he could be like a second striker to try to win the game."


Alan Shearer calls out underperforming Man United stars

The legendary Newcastle striker has earned a reputation as a respected pundit on the BBC and Man United fans will struggle to disagree with his comments about their midfield duo.

"The big concern would be the last two away performances [Spurs and Newcastle]," said Shearer. "Pogba and Matic have been bossed by Dier, Dembele, Diame and Shelvey.

"That should be a big concern for the Man United manager."

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Shearer went on to suggest that Mourinho needs to be getting more out of Pogba.

"The manager has got to tell him [Pogba] what he wants from him. At the minute, he's not getting anywhere near enough."

As well as being dominated in midfielder, Pogba and Matic were both at fault for Newcastle's only goal scored by Matt Ritchie.

They are strong in the air but both stood by to allow Florian Lejeune to win his header unchallenged in the box in the build-up to the only goal of the game.


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