In Spain Pogba gained a reprieve 17 minutes into the match when Herrera was forced off. Mourinho, asked onFriday to assess how Pogba did, said: "To be on the bench and come on without warming up and getting the pace of the game is not easy". Yet Pogba's recent fall in form means he is certain to start only because of Ander Herrera's hamstring injury.
United go into Sunday's home top-flight meeting with Matic's former club Chelsea trailing neighbours and runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points.
"Now Matic, unfortunately, is playing for Manchester United".
"Even now after I would say maybe eight starts, something like that, he has a lot to learn but since the first moment, he was learning that is the way to perform".
"I think he was one of the key players in winning the title". It's as simple as that.
"We are talking about a top player, about a fantastic player", Antonio Conte said of Pogba.
I think this one is nearly impossible to call. I think the confidence, the trust that I show towards Scott, he has earned it since day one.
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Conte chose to drop both Alvaro Morata and winter signing Olivier Giroud against Barcelona and when quipped whether the latter could start at Old Trafford, the Italian said, "I think Olivier is working very well with us, I am pleased because he will stay with us for a long time".
Jose Mourinho (left) and Antonio Conte have repeatedly indulged in public insults and war of words. "In previous years we were out in the group phase, so Old Trafford needs a big Champions League night".
The Blues manager then called the United boss "a little man" and Mourinho retaliated by saying he treats Conte with "contempt".
'They are mature people and I'm sure that they don't want to fight with each other. "Very good manager, fantastic team and that's what is important".
Mourinho's comments in January that not "behaving like a clown on the touchline" did not betray a lack of passion appeared to be directed Conte's way.
"At Juventus, he had the experience of Andrea Pirlo to guide him, but he needs to take charge of this United team".
Mourinho referred to a four-month suspension Conte served in relation to match-fixing, for which the Italian was later cleared of any wrongdoing.More news: Tyra: Appeal to NCAA fell on 'deaf ears'