Man United's Phil Jones optimistic of return against Newcastle

Mata vying for the ball against Danny Simpson

Mata vying for the ball against Danny Simpson

Their dividends are well-timed after Mourinho arrived under open fire for his tactics at Stamford Bridge previous Weekend as United slipped to defeat at Chelsea and observed the difference between them and competitors Manchester City near the top of the Premier League widen to eight points.

Jose Mourinho's men were beaten 1-0 by champions Chelsea in their last outing before the global break.

The 29-year-old wrote on his blog: "We return to training with the mindset on the Newcastle match and the importance of the months that lie ahead".

The Red Devils should still have enough quality to edge the game, and they're wise not to risk Pogba given his importance to the side, but until he is able to return it will be more hard for them to pick up the results they need to stay in the title race.

Mata, who has not featured in the league since last month's 2-1 loss at Huddersfield, also insists United must not let complacency come into their game.

Whilst a return for the visit of the Magpies is unlikely, an nearly fit Pogba will be a huge fillip for Mourinho, who has come under increasing scrutiny for failing to display the sort of offensive flair his side had shown in the early weeks of the season.

While United welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford on Saturday evening, rivals City make the trip to Leicester earlier that day.

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