Mourinho, Pogba 'don't have to be friends' for Man United to succeed, says Bryan Robson

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Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba “don’t have to be friends” to guide the club to success.

Rumours of strife between the pair have been swirling around since the summer, and were given fuel by Pogba’s comments after United’s win over Leicester City in their first Premier League game of the season, when he implied he wasn’t happy at the club.

“Within a football club you’ve all got to get on well together,” Robson told ESPN FC. “You don’t have to be friends but, after getting off to a slow start, that’s the time when you all pull together.”

The former United captain also believes some of the criticism of Pogba is unfair.

“He came through the ranks when the Class of 92 were there,” Robson said. “He knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player.

“There is a little bit of unfair criticism for me about Paul. Every time Manchester United don’t play well and get a poor result, it always seems to be Paul who gets most of the criticism.

“If I just look at one game this season when we were really poor, our worst game of the season – against Brighton – there were a lot of other players who have to take responsibility. Not just Paul.”

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Peter Schmeichel insists Man United are getting better under Jose Mourinho

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel does not believe there is any dressing room disharmony and feels the Red Devils are making progress under Jose Mourinho’s management.

There has been plenty of talk of tension at United, whose start to the Premier League season has seen them claim six points from four matches.

“What I see is progress; it’s getting better, we’ve got better players, more exciting players, players who are inspirational for the fans,” Schmeichel said.

Watch the Great Dane’s comments in the video below.

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Clean sheets are pivotal to Man United's season, says Chris Smalling

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits clean sheets are the key to turning around their stuttering start to the season.

Jose Mourinho’s side conceded seven goals in their opening three matches before registering their first shut-out in the 2-0 win at Burnley at the weekend.

At the same stage last season United had three clean sheets and just two goals against on their way to finishing second, with clean sheets in half their league matches.

“Last season we picked up a lot of clean sheets and this year we’ve conceded early goals,” Smalling told MUTV.

“We need to get back what we’ve done in the last few seasons when we’ve conceded very few goals, like on Sunday.

“It was down to us players to stand up tall and get a result, and we’re very happy with the win.

“With us not having a game in the week, we’d been able to work on a lot of patterns of play and you could see them coming out and finishing with the goals, so we were happy with that.”

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