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Jose Mourinho reveals advice he gave Paul Pogba after Manchester derby heroics

West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring their first goal.                  Reuters  Jason Cairnduff West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring their first goal. Reuters Jason Cairnduff
Kristopher Love | 16 April, 2018, 19:19

And I know how to win.

United came from behind to beat City 3-2 in the derby at the Etihad.

"You do not win titles with inconsistency, you win with quality".

The game was scoreless when the 25-year-old was hauled off but Henry has questioned why United were unable to sustain their intensity against the Premier League's bottom club. The men of Jose Mourinho fell, at home no less, to the side in absolute dead last place; just eight days after beating top of the table Manchester City at their place.

Mourinho claimed afterwards that he had not been happy after the City result because he knew they would win the league regardless and he accused some of his players of getting carried away. "I saw lots of people over the moon because we won against City".

Despite the injury, Pogba's Premier League campaign has not been as disrupted as Philippe Coutinho's was.

"I think we were deservedly punished", he told Sky Sports.

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United will face Spurs next weekend in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and they will have to massively improve if they are to have any chance of overcoming Mauricio Pochettino's men and reaching the final in May.

"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", Mourinho added. Players didn't play simple.

"They won because they were the best team, they lost only a few points".

The Red Devils were aware that if they beat the Baggies on Sunday, they would once again have delayed the Citizens' title celebrations for one more week, but this was not to be as Jay Rodriguez popped up with a 73rd-minute header to clinch the game for the relegation strugglers.

"I have won titles, I would not be happy if someone said I won title because someone lost a match". Everything was slow. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn.

'I'll tell you what I told him after the match - I don't expect you to be man of the match every week, I don't expect you to score two goals every week.