Forget World-Record Fee, Face The Game – Mourinho Tells Pogba


Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba to forget his world record transfer fee of £89 million and face the game squarely.

France midfielder Pogba has not scored or set up a goal in four games since his summer return to Old Trafford from Italian champions, Juventus.

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Mourinho however is still “full of trust” in the 23-year-old, who he believes will improve his performances soon, but urges him to forget world record transfer fee and play his game.

He said:

The world-record player is always a question that will be open until somebody breaks the record. 

“There are clubs that paid 20, 30, 40 million, which is a bigger deal than United paid for Paul because you make a relation between what you pay and the club revenue and you realise that other clubs paying 20, 30, 40 is a much bigger thing than what United did.

“I just want Paul to forget that and to play his football

“He played in the Euro 2016 final, went on holiday, then had no pre-season. It is normal after the first game he has a little decrease.

“I am full of trust because I know he is a good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally.” 

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba has not scored since his summer return to Old Trafford from Italian champions Juventus.

Pogba played as a quasi-No 10 in the Europa League defeat at Feyenoord on Thursday, the first time he has been given a freer remit by Mourinho. Yet, as with the derby defeat at home against Manchester City last Saturday, when Pogba played deeper, the 23-year-old was unable to affect the match.

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Meanwhile, Pogba’s team-mate Ander Herrera has described Mourinho as the “perfect” manager for the club.

“Players like Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came partly because this is a massive club – but also because Mourinho is here.

“His way of thinking is what this club wants. If you are an honest player, he is going to be an honest manager with you.”