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Paul Pogba dropped by Manchester United, Scott McTominay starts

MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho has dropped Paul Pogba from the Manchester United team to play Huddersfield, with Scott McTominay coming into Jose Mourinho's starting XI.

The midfielder was substituted during the second half of the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday and he was left on the bench for Huddersfield's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mourinho said: "No Pogba, but McTominay is in. He has been here since the age of nine in the academy, waiting for an opportunity which I give him now and again."

Mourinho was seen in animated conversation with Pogba on the touchline at Wembley before substituting the 24-year-old after 63 minutes, but played it down at his news conference on Friday.

"In the first half, he came to me and came with a couple of questions I answered," the United manager said.

"In the second-half I decided to make a change and bring [Marouane] Fellaini with different qualities than him, to try to be stronger in midfield with Fellaini and [Nemanja] Matic because I wanted Alexis [Sanchez] to play as a second striker with [Romelu] Lukaku.

It was just a tactical decision. "He is a young player, below 25, of course he has some things to improve.

"But it is not Paul, it is every player. "Every player has a chance to improve until the end of his career, especially the ones below 26, 27. They always have areas to improve."

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Rojo, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, McTominay, Mata; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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