Give Pogba time, Mour­inho re­it­er­ates

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CAPE TOWN — Manch­ester United boss Jose Mour­inho feels star sign­ing Paul Pogba needs time to ad­just to life in Eng­land as well as play­ing in the English Premier League.

Fol­low­ing a record £89m move from Ju­ven­tus in Au­gust, Pogba has been widely crit­i­cised for his per­for­mances at United so far this sea­son.

Speak­ing to Sky Sports ex­clu­sively prior to the Red Devils’ EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Manch­ester City at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day, Mour­inho laughed off the no­tion that Pogba’s strug­gles are due to the for­ma­tions United have em­ployed so far this sea­son.

“He can play in so many po­si­tions. The prob­lem is not the po­si­tion. The prob­lem is not the tac­ti­cal sys­tem,” Mour­inho said.

“The prob­lem is, in my opin­ion, some­body that comes from a dif­fer­ent style of foot­ball and needs this time to be at his best level in foot­ball that is re­ally dif­fi­cult to play, es­pe­cially for mid­field play­ers.

“I think it is re­ally dif­fi­cult to play or adapt from dif­fer­ent re­al­i­ties, but he is a phe­nom­e­nal player.

“He has un­be­liev­able po­ten­tial. He has years and years to de­velop his game, so that ex­pec­ta­tion and in­vest­ment from the club is based on that — a su­per player for the next seven or eight years.

Mour­inho added that he was well aware that the 23-yearold French in­ter­na­tional wouldn’t be the fin­ished prod­uct when he was signed from the Turin club, even though a world record trans­fer fee was needed to con­vince Ju­ven­tus to part with their star mid­fielder.

“He’s get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter and bet­ter at ev­ery level,” Mour­inho added

“That’s our ex­pec­ta­tion. We don’t ex­pect Paul to ar­rive here and the next day to be un­be­liev­able. But the other thing is that we trust him so much that we pass to him this kind of feel­ing.

“He is a very self-con­fi­dent boy too, so we are liv­ing well with the crit­ics, if you want, and we know what the crit­ics are.” — Sport24.

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