Jose Mourinho explains why Pogba plays better for France than Manchester United


Paul Pogba's confidence will be at an all-time high following his part in France's World Cup triumph this summer.

The midfielder put in a number of impressive performances throughout the tournament in Russia, silencing his critics in the process.

He then capped off a successful campaign by producing a Man of the Match performance in the final, where he scored the third in his country's 4-2 victory against Croatia.

Pogba will now enjoy a break from football before returning to Manchester United at the start of next month.

One man who would have been happy with his performances in Russia will be Man United manager, Jose Mourinho.

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Mourinho has struggled to get the best out of Pogba since being appointed as manager in 2016.

Pogba came under-fire for his performances throughout last season, while Mourinho also went public with his criticism.

The Portuguese manager has now given his opinion on why Pogba performed better for France than Man United, and one particular line has not gone down well with fans.

“I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him,” he told ESPN. “It’s about him giving the best he has to give."

It seems Mourinho is blaming Pogba for his performances, instead of taking the share of the blame himself.

Mourinho's job, of course, is to get the best out of his players. He has failed to do that with Pogba.

And to put all the blame on the 25-year-old has not gone down well at all.

Mourinho went on to explain how players give more at the World Cup than they do for their clubs.

"I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give [their] best.

"Why? Because it's closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he's with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.

"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again.

"In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up.


"You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarterfinals, to the semifinals, to the finals. This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player.

"So I think it was the perfect environment for him.

"I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country, with the people, that extra responsibility that makes them -- by the emotional point of view -- to be sometimes even overcommitted.

"So they play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed.

"So I think it's the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to fully focus on the job."

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