Jose Mourinho summed up perfectly why Paul Pogba would rather play for France than Man Utd


Paul Pogba once again made headlines this week for the comments he made during his international tenure. The Manchester United midfielder is rarely shy in front of a microphone, and tends to really say what he thinks when representing France.

The 27-year-old’s inconsistent form at club level was once again called into question at the start of this season and he was sacked for United’s last two consecutive games against Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton.

Speaking after France’s 1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday, Pogba opened his tough spell at Old Trafford – and admitted he appreciated the change of scenery during International Week.

Paul Pogba seems much happier playing for France than Manchester United

“It’s a breath of fresh air when you come here,” Pogba said. “We have a really fantastic team. When we come here we are all happy.

“We are all happy to see each other. We really have fun on the pitch.

“We are a real family and we have so much fun when we come here. ”

The comments are unlikely to be loved by a United fan base who are already increasingly frustrated with Pogba’s attitude.

However, two years ago already, a certain Jose Mourinho was already able to tell the difference between Pogba in France jersey and Pogba in United jersey.

Talk to ESPN while still United boss, and just after France won the World Cup in the summer of 2018, Mourinho said: “The World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best of himself.

Jose Mourinho also struggled to make the most of Paul Pogba

“It has been closed for a month, he can only think of football, he is completely isolated from the outside world.

“During the regular season, you can have a big game, then a smaller game, and you can lose your focus.

“In the World Cup, the matches are always more important and that fuels the motivation and the concentration of the player. ”

Mourinho also spoke about how a player like Pogba thrives under pressure to deliver goods more internationally than at club level.

“The players (like him) really feel the extra commitment with the people, with the country, this extra responsibility,” Mourinho added.

“From an emotional point of view, it sometimes even makes them too engaged. I think it’s a perfect environment for a player like him to be able to fully concentrate on his work. “

There is pressure on Pogba to deliver United in the coming months

Mourinho’s words seem particularly prophetic now, with Pogba’s impressive performance against the Portuguese worlds far away, for example, from his performance in United’s loss to Arsenal earlier this month.

Somehow, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to find a way to make Pogba feel the happiness and freedom he feels when playing for France.

Otherwise, it will be another long and frustrating season at Old Trafford for the eternal conundrum that is Paul Pogba.


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