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Paul Pogba in action for United at Old Trafford.

Why Paul Pogba did not feature against Liverpool

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed the reasons behind his most notable change to the starting line-up - Juan Mata coming in for Paul Pogba - when speaking to the media shortly before Saturday's lunch-time match.

When asked why the club's record signing Pogba was not among the starters or seven substitutes, the United boss revealed: “He is injured. [It happened] yesterday in training, an unlucky situation, and he is out. I don't know how long he is out for.”

Turning to the inclusion of Mata, who made an influential substitute appearance in Monday's win at Crystal Palace, Mourinho said: “I trust his experience. I trust his capacity to move into areas where he can connect our game because he is intelligent. Liverpool is a strong team on the counter-attack and in transition.”


De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young; Matic, McTominay; Mata, Rashford, Alexis; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Shaw, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard.

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