Mourinho About to Unleash the Best Midfielder in the World
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described Paul Pogba is the world’s best midfielder, claiming the Frenchman is a ‘new kind of superstar’ who is ‘well under the skin.
Pogba, 23, made headlines when he became the most expensive player in the world following his £93.8m switch from Serie A champions Juventus earlier this month.
As all eyes are riveted on Pogba when he makes his second Premier League debut at Old Trafford against Southampton on Friday, Mou has warned that he should not be expected to score like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, Daily Mail writes.
“Can Paul score Ronaldo and Messi’s goals?” Mourinho said. “Not even 25 per cent, I believe. I believe he cannot score 20 goals in a season.
“So if to be the best player in the world means to score a lot of goals, that’s not the point. But he’s one of the best midfield players, maybe I could say the best midfield player, in the world.
“I’m not worried with an ‘impact’ and I don’t think he’s worried with that. I see him very calm, I see him very comfortable in this role of a star player and feeling very well under that skin.
“I don’t see him under pressure, I don’t see him in training trying to do things to show that he’s different, to show that he’s better.
“I think his impact will be something very natural, a progressive impact of contribution to improve the team, because that’s what he’s here for – to win trophies.
“I’m not expecting, the first time he touches the ball, to dribble past five guys and score a wonder goal. I expect the first time he touches the ball to make a correct pass, a good selection of passing, a good choice, a good simple execution and a fluid game.
Mourinho, who will also be looking to give summer recruit Henrikh Mkhitaryan his full home debut, added: “So, maybe it’s not an impact, maybe just a natural improvement of the team, because he’s a super football player.
With two wins from two games for the Red Devils already, the big question is: Who does Pogba, with 33 in 178 games for Juventus, displace from the United starting XI against the Saints?
Only Mou can tell.
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