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Jose Mourinho gives few clues as to why he dropped Pogba

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho offered only the briefest explanation as to why he dropped the club's record signing Paul Pogba for Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman had been criticised for his midweek performance in the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, during which he was substituted in the 63rd minute after having an animated conversation with Mourinho on the touchline.

On Saturday, the manager refused to go into details about what was said but a video was widely shared on social media showing the Portuguese gesticulating at the Frenchman.

The upshot was Pogba dropped to the bench for the first time since joining United for 89 million pounds in August 2016, with 21-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay named in his place.

Asked why the Frenchman had been left out, Mourinho said: "Just change, try different qualities with different players."

Pogba eventually came on as a 65th-minute substitute for Jesse Lingard in a disjointed United performance that still saw United close the gap on leaders Manchester City to 13 points.

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