Mourinho: Pogba's Price Tag The Reason For 'Unfair' Criticism Of Him
Jose Mourinho: Pogba's Price Tag The Reason For 'Unfair' Criticism Of Him
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba would not have been subjected to as much criticism this season were it not for his hefty price tag.
The 24-year-old returned to Old Trafford at the beginning of this season for a world record fee of £89.3 million (R1.5 billion) back in August.
Mourinho, who is annoyed with the criticism Pogba has received this campaign, recently said that while he has been impressed with the Frenchman's performances, he hopes someone will break the former Juventus star's transfer record in the upcoming window.
"I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back. I hope next summer he's not anymore the highest transfer fee and then the pressure goes to somebody else," the Portuguese tactician told Omnisport.
"If his transfer fee was half of it, everybody would say 'what a buy', 'he's playing more than good'. But everybody expects performances according to that huge transfer fee and that brings pressure and that brings sometimes unfair analysis.
"He had very good matches, he had very good performances. He always sacrifices for the team. If I go, for example, to Rostov, the way he played in Rostov was amazing. He had little matches where the performance was not so good but normally the performance is related to the team. So when the team was very good, he was very good. When the team didn't perform so well, he didn't perform so well.
"So I think it's a bit unfair. I hope next season some club beats the record with another player and then the pressure goes somewhere else."
Pogba has made 49 appearances for the Red Devils this season, scoring seven goals and assisting five further strikes.
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