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Mourinho Clarifies Pogba's Role

Jose Mourinho Clarifies Paul Pogba's Role

By SL International - Feb 11, 2018 09:01 AM

There has been a lot of debate surrounding where Paul Pogba's best position is, but Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained where he sees the Frenchman playing.

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Pogba was dropped to the bench in United's 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last weekend, with Scott McTominay getting the nod in midfield.

"The week was not different from what Paul is every week, he is a good professional and likes to train," Mourinho said, according to the club's official website.

"I never had a problem with his professionalism because he is a good trainer and he likes to train.

"I was laughing over the past week because I heard and watched and read a few things. I'm not English but I think I understand English enough to understand what you mean by box-to-box but with some comments from important people in football I got a little bit confused.

"For me, box-to-box means box-to-box and means you have to be good in this box [defending] and you have to be good in this box [attacking]. You have to defend well in this box and have the physical condition, desire, intensity and stamina to go to the other box.

"You have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and so on and so on. And then when your team loses the ball you have to go to the other box, meaning box-to-box. But I'm confused because when people say box-to-box they mean they have to play free of defensive duties, that is not box-to-box.

"That's a box in the box and stay in the box and doesn't move from the box. I got a bit confused. I think this country produced a lot of amazing box-to-box players, I had the pleasure of coaching some of them, but nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members I think, the concept of the box-to-box is changing a little bit.

"I think now we are going to a different concept of box-to-box - box-to-box is not my words of course, I heard it for the first time in 2004 when I arrived [in English football]. For me, with my Portuguese and trying to translate to the English, I just think midfield players. And for me Paul is a midfield player.

"He's not a striker so when people ask what position he plays, he is a midfield player, it depends on the tactical system, he can play with one, two or three, but he is always a midfield player.

"With so many opinions, we are in a world of opinions, people get confused but no confusion between me and Paul - he is a midfield player and that's it.

"It is difficult to find a player with more potential than Paul, because he has everything."

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Where do you think Pogba's perfect position is? Have your say in the comment section below.


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kgosi0520 Joined: 29 Oct 2016
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kgosi0520 Feb 11, 2018 11:57 AM
Paul Labile Pogba (born 15 March 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the French national team . He operates primarily as a central midfielder and is comfortable playing both in attack and defence .[3]
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kgosi0520 Feb 11, 2018 11:54 AM
@Binda_Bucks1 you hear but you don't understand my man an thats a problem i have with sa people cos jose is clearly saying progba is allowed to go forward when the team has the ball an he must also help when the team doesnt have the ball cos player modric do that
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Binda_Bucks1 Joined: 27 Apr 2015
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Binda_Bucks1 Feb 11, 2018 10:06 AM
I understand you but he shouldn't play as a defensive mid field make him attack behind him play Matic and herreira or (Carrick) make him enjoy his last season cos vele Man u will take 2nd position
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 11, 2018 09:55 AM
pogba is gud for a donkey job bcos he's not skillful xpect mirracle 4rm if dnt understand soccer
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old dog Joined: 24 Feb 2016
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old dog Feb 11, 2018 09:49 AM
Pogba is not a box to box, he's more of a central attacking midfielder that's y he played well at Juventus coz he had pirlo n Vidal behind him. A box to box is someone like Vidal, yaya toure, hlompho kekana(locally).
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Danboi79 Joined: 06 Feb 2018
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Danboi79 Feb 11, 2018 09:37 AM
Yewena Mourine Paul must b ur no10 not this dedensive middle field or urs
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 11, 2018 09:29 AM
wht's the dfrnt btwn mugabe&mourinho?yerrr
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Feb 11, 2018 09:27 AM
kkkkk he killed me pls help cops to arrest him

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