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United feud still on boil

By Graham Luney

Jose Mourinho hailed another masterclass from Paul Pogba as his Manchester United side won 2-0 at Bournemouth to strengthen their grip on second place in the Premier League table.

But the pair are clearly still at odds heading into Saturday night's FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham at Wembley.

£89million signing Pogba came under fire from boss Mourinho after the shocking 1-0 defeat to West Brom on Sunday

The Frenchman responded with a moment of brilliance that sealed victory for United as his charging run set up Romelu Lukaku to add to Chris Smalling's first half opener.

Pogba was then replaced, shaking hands with a member of United's coaching staff before failing to make eye contact with Mourinho and then walking down the tunnel.

Mourinho insisted, however: "It was a top performance from Pogba.

"Obviously his performance against Manchester City was special when he came with two goals. But this was a very similar level. Top performance. He can do it."

United were more vibrant and buoyant last night than against West Brom, but Mourinho added: "I think we are inconsistent. We are inconsistent many times in our attitude. With our top five opponents, we didn't lose any points.

"Against [Manchester] City, we won, we lost; against [Tottenham], we won, we lost; against Chelsea we won, we lost… so we didn't lose points in the two duels against the main opponents, but then we lost points against the teams that were promoted.

"We lost against Huddersfield and Newcastle. We lost points against the teams that are probably going to be relegated or are in the relegation fight. We lost three points against West Brom, two points against all the other teams involved in that fight, Stoke, Southampton. So I think we were not consistent. And you pay the price."

United are four points ahead of third-placed Liverpool with four games left.

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