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December 18 2017, 02:46 | Van Peters
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It was the first league goal conceded at home all season - and few inside Old Trafford could deny that Benitez's initially tactically superior side did not deserve it. Mourinho described their tactics as "very experienced, very intelligent". But I am really pleased with our performance in the first 30 minutes (United equalised in the 37th minute).
Pogba's moment of magic was what Old Trafford needed.
But both took to the field against Newcastle United, with Pogba starting the contest and playing over an hour, while Ibrahimovic made a late cameo.
"When he was injured I chose to close my mouth, we can not be crying, we have to find solutions that we have".
"But to be honest Newcastle was probably the team, not in the second-half, but in the first-half which come here and we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas, and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but because of our balance. I'm a believer, we keep fighting".
The Red Devils made a brilliant start to the 2017-18 season following six victories and one stalemate in their opening seven games.
"I think City will still steamroll everybody playing the way they play". Manchester United are still within eight points of the runaway leaders and the lead up to Christmas will have a significant say in who wins the Premier League this season.
That belief shows the level of optimism back at Old Trafford.
After a season interrupted by three global breaks so far, United now have games thick and fast - 14 in the six weeks before the end of 2017.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits it is a delicate act balancing the game time of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
When the Swede opened up about his own experiences on the road to recovery, he seemed to aim another shot at Pogba's approach to getting back to fitness. Teammates respect him as a player, but they also appreciate the light-heartedness and humour that he brings to the dressing room at a club which does not always appear at ease with itself.
Pogba was the driving influence for Manchester United as they beat Newcastle's Benitez on Saturday.