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Carabao Cup Report: Manchester United v Derby County 25 September 2018

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The 25-year-old France worldwide is one of a number of regulars left out of the team for Tuesday's League Cup encounter with Derby County. I would lie if I said we threw the match away.

Mourinho's decision to give Pogba the armband on that occasion came hard on the heels of suggestions Barcelona were pressing to sign the 25-year-old.

The French World Cup-winner had captained United three times this season in the absence of Antonio Valencia, including the Premier League opener against Leicester City.

And the 55-year-old coach informed the Man United players that Pogba will never be captain again.

Pogba served as captain in the team's 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday and on two other occasions.

Jose Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba has been stripped of the vice-captaincy at Manchester United, but insists they have not fallen out.

'I think these are the games everybody wants to play in, and we'll go into that game with a lot of confidence'.

Jack Marriott's 85th-minute header put Frank Lampard on course for a first victory against a Premier League side as manager until Marouane Fellaini equalised deep into stoppage time - but that just delayed the celebrations.

But Derby threatened throughout and got an equaliser in the second half when on-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson scored a brilliant free-kick from distance which completed deceived United goalkeeper Sergio Romero. We know that position is one that requires continued investment to maintain.

Asked about what is stopping the team from playing the way fans are often crying out for at Old Trafford, he said: "I can't tell you because I'm a player".

But while reiterating United's ability to compete for the best players in the transfer market - the club have forecast revenues of between £615m and £630m for 2018/19 - Woodward underlined the importance of a clear pathway to the first team for academy talents.

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