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What frustrated Man Utd players said to the midfielders in dressing room inquest

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Manchester United's midfield has been shown up in recent Premier League defeats away at Tottenham and Newcastle.

The Red Devils have spent heavily on the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic but the duo were being heavily criticised after Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.

BBC pundit Alan Shearer had a word of warning for Jose Mourinho.

"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."

Their is a distinct lack of cohesion in the Man United midfield - and they face crucial matches against Sevilla and Chelsea in the next fortnight.

Dressing room inquest at Old Trafford

It's not just pundits who have picked up on Man United's substandard midfield.

According to the Manchester Evening News, some Man United players "urged the midfielders to pass the ball forwards more often" at half-time of the 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town.


Pogba, 24, had been dropped for that game but it's understood that it was a build-up of frustration amongst some of the United players.

The M.E.N. added: "Certain players also took umbrage with some of the decision-making towards the end of the win at Burnley."

They had faced Burnley in January and Anthony Martial was seen visibly frustrated after Pogba ignored a simple pass to him and elected to shoot instead.


The French midfielder was sublime at the start of the season but his performances of late have been less than stellar.

FA Cup and Champions League

Mourinho's side will hope to get back to winning ways when they face Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

The Reds won a cup double last season and are still vying for silverware in two competitions.

After hosting Huddersfield, United will travel to Spain for the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash against Sevilla.

History will be made in the FA Cup when United will play with the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time.


“Of course they (VAR) need adjustments,” Mourinho told the club’s website. “They need to make sure they don’t change the dynamic of the game too much, the emotion of the game too much — people waiting a couple of minutes to know if they can jump (and celebrate) because it was a goal.

“But from my professional perspective, I like the feeling of a right decision coming. It’s a penalty or not a penalty, it’s handball or not handball, it’s a red card or not a red card. I think a fair decision is a feeling that I like.”

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