Two big returns for Manchester United were celebrated with a 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United, as Paul Pogba combined his own return to action with one of those four goals, and a very positive, overall, performance.
With Pogba we are different class. It was what we had in the beginning of the season with Paul and Matic, growing up together and being like the engine of the team
Jose Mourinho told BT Sport a few minutes after the final whistle at Old Trafford.
We lost a bit of that because, while other players are good players, they have different qualities. I left it in Paul’s hands as to how long he played. We made the decision to replace him at a good time – it was a great performance from him
the Man United manager said. As for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who played in the last 15 minutes for the first time since his serious injury in that game against Anderlecht last season, Mourinho admitted it was a special moment seeing him back, an emotional one.
Seeing an injured player come back is always special, and in Zlatan’s case even more, because of how serious his injury was. Great moment, fantastic for him, great for the team as well
the Portuguese’s comment was.