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JOSE Mourinho took the pressure off Paul Pogba ahead of his Manchester United return by saying a huge price tag does not bring extra responsibility.

Even for a player so used to being in the spotlight, the France international may have squirmed at recent scrutiny about his form and happiness at Old Trafford.

Mourinho last week admitted Pogba’s form had dropped but angrily dismissed “lies” suggesting a fractured relationship with the midfielder, who would have started Saturday’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield but for illness.

The 24-year-old has recovered in time for Thursday morning’s (AEDT) Champions League last-16 first leg at Sevilla, where suggestions that this was the kind of stage where the club-record signing should prove his worth did not sit well.

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho (L) talks with Paul Pogba.
Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho (L) talks with Paul Pogba.Source: AFP

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Football news 2021: PSG vs Marseille, Neymar vs Alvaro Gonzalez, Feud, Twitter, Social Media

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Neymar scored on his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat arch rivals Marseille 2-1 to win this season’s Champions Trophy.

But the biggest talking point out of the game was the ongoing feud between Neymar and Alvaro Gonzalez, which spilt over onto social media.

Hopes were high for a feisty tussle in Lens after Marseille’s league win at PSG in September ended with five red cards and Neymar accusing Gonzalez of racism in the aftermath.

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The Marseille defender fouled the Brazilian forward multiple times but it was Neymar who got the last laugh when he rolled home an 85th minute penalty to put PSG two goals ahead following Mauro Icardi’s first-half opener.



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EPL 2021 January transfers, rumours, gossip: Manchester United, Liverpool, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mesut Ozil, Arsenal, Jesse Lingard

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We are officially halfway through the January transfer window, but with fixtures coming at us thick and fast, new signings have taken somewhat of a back seat.

So far, there haven’t been any signings of any note but with plenty of top drawer stars entering the final six months of their contracts, expect plenty of action as time goes on.

And even if the signings aren’t coming quickly, the gossip certainly is, and it’s all in today’s Rumour Mill…

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Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe's secret to success identified as attacker stars for Gunners

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The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been a positive influence for the Gunners during the recent run of good form.

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