Mourinho said after that game that Lukaku would be absent for at least two matches but last night the United manager revealed that he had not suffered a concussion and had been desperate to play against Everton.
Turning specifically to Scholes' criticism of Pogba, he added: "I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise. I think we've seen the improvement and we'll see it again next season", Carrick continued.
"Sometimes Pogba plays very well, sometimes he plays well and sometimes he doesn't play well". Fixture congestion is that much more of an issue when you're so unwilling to mix things up and give your most exhausted players a much-needed break, despite Anthony Martial (who took his opener superbly) and Marcus Rashford providing extremely attractive - albeit very different - alternative options.
And the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also ruled out for the entire month of January meant that United were light in the forwards department but Mourinho was confident that his players will adjust. "I know he's a Manchester guy - he came through the Academy, he knows the club and what it's like to be a United player".
"I hope that if one day he became a coach, he could achieve 25 percent of the success that I have had". "Fifty per cent of that is 12.5 silverware, 25 per cent is around 6". It's not Paul's fault that he has made much more money than Paul Scholes.
Martial capped a spell of United pressure early in the second half by shooting his side in front after Paul Pogba had found him in space 20 yards from goal. "I don't care. We got the three points". He gave so much to my club that I can only thank him for that.
Fans voted Paul Pogba as the man of the match after the victory. He is just strolling through games.
Pickford kept Everton in the game on 78 minutes when Pogba set up Lingard just outside the area and his first-time low strike was brilliantly tipped wide of the bottom corner. He does not look like a player who will win you games and that is what you pay £90 million for. If we can get him in the top third of the pitch with the ball at his feet, he can create a lot of tricks and movement and some good opportunities. You have to hold up your hands and say City have been the best team, so second place and good runs in the FA Cup and Champions League would represent a good campaign.
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