Jose Mourinho's sarcastic reply to Paul Pogba question after win vs Fenerbahce

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It was a good night for both Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba on Thursday.

Overseeing Manchester United's 4-1 win over Fenerbahce, the Portuguese manager was able to showcase his side's attacking ability after taking criticism in the wake of a drab 0-0 draw against Liverpool.

Whilst, for Pogba, his two goals were another step on the journey to justifying his world record £89 million price tag. Indeed, with reporters queuing up to praise the 23-year-old's performance, Mourinho offered a classic sarcastic response.

"Two days ago he was the worst player of the Premier League and 48 hours later he is phenomenal," the United boss explained, via Four Four Two before going on to offer a word of caution.

"Listen, he needs time. I was in Italy, I have worked in Italy. I know the pace, intensity and characteristics of the league well.

"To be in Italy for four, five years and then come back to the Premier League is not easy. I was not expecting him to adapt with click of the fingers. 

"Even top players need time."

Mourinho's dry comment about Pogba being "the worst player of the Premier League" clearly shows that he has been listening to the continued furore amongst fans and the media about his star man's struggles to find form this season.

Moreover, his point about the transition from Italian football to the English game is a good one. We've seen on plenty of occasions players have difficulties hitting the ground running after a move from a foreign league.

Just because Pogba is the world's most expensive player doesn't mean he is immune to such problems.

However, whilst his manager may want to play down his efforts in the Europa League on Thursday, there is no doubt that his two-goal haul against Fenerbahce was a timely boost to both Pogba's own confidence, and everyone else's confidence in him.

From confidently stepping up to convert United's first goal from the penalty spot on half-hour mark to adding his brilliantly struck second on the stroke of half-time, it was a much better all-around display from the former Juventus star.

Man United fans will be hoping that Pogba can kick on from here. Mourinho, though, isn't yet ready to confirm that his big money summer signing is firing on all cylinders.

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