English Premiership

Pogba-Noble looked in love, says Mourinho

2018-05-11 10:06
Mark Noble and Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the midfield battle between Paul Pogba and West Ham United captain Mark Noble was competitive.

The two midfielders got into a heated tussle after the Frenchman put in a dangerous tackle to which Noble reacted angrily.

John Moss had to bring cool to the situation when the two players squared up and were eventually cautioned by the referee.

"Paul and Noble, they looked in love," he said as quoted by Sky Sports website. "Cuddles, hugs and kisses, changing shirts.

"So I think it was good, competitive. We needed points to finish second. They don't win anything, because they did the job last match at Leicester but they play to win and the changes David [Moyes] made was to try that.

"Moss was there and he resolved the problem in a good way because the game was intense, but the game was correct. When I saw the reaction of the players I believe that was nothing extraordinary."

Despite the incident, which happened late in the game, the two players embraced one another at the end of the match.

Noble then said in his post-match interview that he and his son are Pogba's biggest fans.

"The funny thing is I'm one of Paul's biggest fans," he said. "My son only walked out with me today so he could see Paul Pogba.

"Paul gets a lot more stick than he deserves. He's at one of the biggest clubs in the world and gets a lot of pressure on his shoulders. you can tell he really wants to win. I said to him after there were no hard feelings, it happens.

"He's a top, top player and i think people should show him a bit more love."

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