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Paul Merson delivers blunt verdict on Man United under Jose Mourinho

18 April 2018

We've come to expect outstanding efforts from the front three and this game was no exception, as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamad Salah all scored, but perhaps more impressive was yet another clean sheet from the Reds - their ninth in the last 14 games. In other words, the Red Devils have a a big gap to fill if they are to catch up to the Citizens next season.

His first campaign had also finished trophyless.

"He told them be careful it is going to be different against West Brom and I go back to Pogba: why didn't you and the rest of the team do what you did against City all season?".

From that moment on, it was men against boys.

"I saw lots of people over the moon because we won against City".

There is also the interesting subject of Mourinho's own future.

The 20-year-old is expected to start in United's clash against Bournemouth tonight with Mourinho expected to make a number of changes to the side that lost 1-0 against West Brom on Sunday.

Guardiola shipped out Aleksander Kolarov, Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando, Nolito, Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy and Kelechi Iheanacho last summer. Pep knew he had to be ruthless and hope the fans would understand his reasons and trust him.

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Paul Merson delivers blunt verdict on Man United under Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has vowed to drop several of Manchester United's stars as he fumes over their lacklustre loss to West Bromwich Albion.

In fact, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling (both Ferguson signings) should be fearing for their futures this summer.

Pogba earned deserved praise for the brace he scored against Manchester City earlier this month that dragged Manchester United out of a hole and produced a stunning comeback win at the Etihad.

It looks an unkind fixture list but their performance at Old Trafford will only hearten a group revitalised since Alan Pardew's departure. His time may be up at the club.

It's the way they play.

Pogba was substituted after 57 minutes of United's defeat and Mourinho did not make any attempt to hide his unhappiness with the team's performance and the inconsistency of his most expensive player.

Raiola had a strong relationship with the club after facilitating the arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Old Trafford, but with the pair moved on to pastures new he only represents Pogba and back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero at United. The custodian accepted that the life at United wasn't suitable for a family man like him but he sure did give each of those supporters a glimpse of what he could have been had the club, and the player managed something to stay together for long.

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Paul Merson delivers blunt verdict on Man United under Jose Mourinho