Manchester United's Jose Mourinho tips Paul Pogba to stay at Old Trafford

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He is the coach, he's going to make choices and I as a player, I accept them.

United trail champions Manchester City by 17 points and Mourinho insisted his team still needed to make a big jump both mentally and in quality terms to compete for the title and Champions League next season.

Jose Mourinho already discussed how he's pleased with his attacking options and will focus on the other two areas of the field instead.

"When I say love, I say it footballistically - players you do not totally believe have the degree of the group but you must keep".

United fans may have expected Mourinho to invest in a new left back this summer, after recently admitting a number of the current players in the squad "won't make it" next season.

"That's the reason why he was selected for every match of the season, absolutely every match of the season and that's why he played in so many of them, so he doesn't need to leave to play".

He has now been deemed surplus to requirements after just three seasons at Old Trafford.

'You know, if I listened to everyone, I would be everywhere'.

Mourinho confirmed captain Michael Carrick, who is retiring at the end of the season after 12 seasons in Manchester to join his coaching staff, will skipper the side when he plays his final home match against Watford on Sunday. Man United are most probably going to finish in second, despite recent loss to Brighton and West Ham have been safe for some time now. In my squad, I have some players where I would like to have better than what I have. "Even in weeks that had bad performances or bad results, I never have anything negative to say about the professionalism of my players during the season".

But Mourinho has told his players that the only way to win against lesser teams is to approach those games in the same way they would approach a clash against City, Chelsea or Liverpool. That's the way I see things and, next year again, he will be an important member of our squad. "That's my feeling. In this moment, for me, he's staying, yes".

"I can only think that if there is any relation it is a positive relation", he added.