Manchester United manager wants more from Paul Pogba
Jose Mourinho hoping to see the best of his record signing when the 2018/19 season starts
July 24th, 2018
France were triumphant in Russia and one of their key players happened to be Paul Pogba, with the Manchester United midfielder impressing in practically every game.
Red Devils supporters will now hope to see the best of the midfielder, with Mourinho claiming that the buck stops with Pogba rather than the United manager.
“I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him,” the Portuguese told ESPN. “It’s about him giving the best he has to give. I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the 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 [further]. You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarter-finals, to the semi-finals, to the finals. This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player.
“So I think it was the perfect environment for him. At the same time, 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.
“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.”