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Mourinho: Why Pogba Was Better For France Than For Man Utd

Jose Mourinho: Why Paul Pogba Was Better For France Than For Manchester United

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 24, 2018 09:32 AM @KurtLaduma

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, whose relationship with Paul Pogba remains uncertain, has explained why he believes the midfielder played better for France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup than he has for the Red Devils so far.

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The 25-year-old was excellent for Les Bleus in their World Cup-winning campaign, with many claiming his performances at the tournament proved that Mourinho is doing something wrong with him at United.

The Portuguese tactician, however, has suggested it is easier for players to focus on the job at hand over a month instead of a full season, claiming that the lack of distraction in Russia helped Pogba concentrate on giving his all for his country.  

"I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him. It's about him giving the best he has to give," Mourinho told ESPN.

"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.

"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, I think 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.

"So 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."

Mourinho On Pogba Winning The World Cup

Pogba put in top displays against Argentina in the round of 16 and against Belgium in the semi-final of the tournament, and also scored in France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.

Do you agree with Mourinho's opinion? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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chaukejr Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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chaukejr Aug 09, 2018 10:20 AM
MU is known to be one of the biggest club, only after Sir left the club we see the red devils fighting for top 4 finish as opposed to total accumulation of accolades. The special one reduced MU to a big matches team, not a feared team. Playing for MU is an automatic national squad starting 11 selection, until you arrived and focus on your ego, and not winning titles. Resign as you usually do on your third term
TP professor Joined: 15 Jul 2018
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TP professor Jul 25, 2018 06:20 AM
Sign for Barcelona, your position is guarantee there
Maxwell70 Joined: 27 Mar 2014
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Maxwell70 Jul 24, 2018 04:24 PM
So, we r supposed 2 agree wt u cos u r his cowch? How about admitting to d fact tht u dnt knw how to use him? How many playaz have been sent home during d world cup cos of ill discipline? In fact, some playaz r accused of nt giving their all in d world cup, so, what exactly is this cowch talking abt? #K4L
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makhanda-mendu me Jul 24, 2018 01:00 PM
@nazzi the second that is absolute untrue just tryng to save his skin..! So are u trying to tell me when he was at juve he was on the world cup environmental space..? Or in italy for juve all game are small...?
Peter Tosh's The Word Sound And Power Joined: 18 Jul 2018
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As much as i dont like Jose but i have to agree with him here. U can be good during WC but i also think the leagues are more intense. We had previous outstanding players in global or continental showpiece but they struggle with their clubs. Look at this Colombian defender who is always in stands at Barca but he was very good and even scored 3 goals in Russia. Senegal's Al Hadgi Diop was toying around defenders in WC2002 and also that Chiskop Turkish guy was a menace, James Rodriguez was a marvel to watch in WC2014 but none of them could replicate their good perfomance when they went to their respective leagues. Anyway Pogba is just an average player to my opinion.I don't remember him making me hold my breathe when he is playing.
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makhanda-mendu me Jul 24, 2018 12:32 PM
@nazzi the second that is absolute untrue just tryng to save his skin..! So are u trying to tell me when he was at juve he was on the world cup environmental space..? Or in italy for juve all game are small...?
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LerouxTshosa Jul 24, 2018 12:09 PM
All games should be approached with the mentality to win,not by saying we playing a small team, average or big team!Then any player even the gifted ones like Pogba will always do well. Otherwise yo can never win anything!
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nazzi the second Jul 24, 2018 12:00 PM
jose has a point , i was ready to disagree with him before i started reading this article but the arrogant one is raising some footbal points, but also his tactics
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Mofokeng T.K Jul 24, 2018 10:34 AM
Jose want to destroy Pogba nd its better to leave MAN UTD
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MlamuliNino Jul 24, 2018 09:46 AM
Jose its better to shut up if you don't know what to say

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