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Jose Mourinho praises Paul Pogba's 'great influence' on Man United

Jose Mourinho praises Paul Pogba's 'great influence' on Man United

The France midfielder also got on the scoresheet as Jose Mourinho's side kept the pressure on rivals Manchester City.

"I think City will still steamroll everybody playing the way they play".

Manchester United welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimovic back with open arms this evening, but his compatriot Victor Lindelöf still has some way to go to reach the same level of appreciation from the Old Trafford faithful.

No one would have been more relived to score today then Lukaku himself.

While Pogba has scored three goals and assisted a further three strikes in five league games this season, Lukaku has hit the back of the net eight times and set up three more goals in 12 EPL matches. However, the 24 year old took his one significant chance well in the 70th minute when he played a neat one-two with Juan Mata inside the box before firing the ball into the roof of the net.

After what was a third straight defeat for his 11th-placed side, Benitez said: "You see the difference in terms of money spent but it is not something we didn't know". However, Dwight Gayle showed why he finished last season on 23 goals in the Championship by expertly finishing a great cross from DeAndre Yedlin in the first half.

"They both prefer to play on the left than the right, both playing with another striker through the middle, we lose a point of contact with the midfield that we are used to, with the player playing behind the striker".

Club-record signing Pogba suffered a hamstring problem after he scored two goals and made two assists in his opening four Premier League games. United fans were hoping the Sweden global could have shown the same qualities he possessed during his nation's play-off victory over Italy.

"We didn't start well but I don't blame my players, I blame, in the positive sense, I blame [Rafael] Benitez", Mourinho said.

Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Lingard, Shaw.