Jose Mourinho: Paul Pogba could be "phenomenal" in one position at Man Utd

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Not one current or former Manchester United player hasn't attempted to explain Paul Pogba's struggles at Old Trafford recently.

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all been asked for their take on the Frenchman and, generally speaking, they've all given the same answer.

"Pogba needs time to adapt" is the typical response, with manager Jose Mourinho suggesting the very same on Tuesday evening.


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Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of United's EFL Cup clash with Manchester City on Wednesday, the Portuguese discussed his £89 million signing's poor form and suggested it's a simple case of readapting to the Premier League.

"I think it is really difficult to play or adapt from different realities," Mourinho said, "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.

"He's getting better and better and better at every level. 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."

Mourinho then discussed the real problem Pogba has at United and insisted it has nothing to do with the position he plays nor the "tactical system" he deploys.

In fact, Mourinho believes the France superstar has the potential to develop into a "phenomenal central defender" further down the line at Old Trafford.

No, really.

"He can play in so many positions," the 53-year-old added. "The problem is not the position. The problem is not the tactical system.

"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.

"He's a top player and I think he could be a phenomenal central defender.

"With the quality of his pass, with his aerial game, with his agility in such a big body, for his defensive side of the game, coming from the back with the ball, he would be a phenomenal central defender, too."

Eighty-nine million spent on a world-class central midfielder and Mourinho is already planning to convert him into a central defender. Logic.

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