Paul Pogba has gone on to state that defensive responsibilities put on him by Jose Mourinho has ‘cost him’ so far at Manchester United, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
Manchester United splashed a world record £89 million to secure the services of Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer and given the huge outlay as well as the player’s immense talent, it was expected that the Frenchman would be taking the Premier League by storm.
While Pogba has managed to show flashes of his brilliance during the current campaign, he has struggled to deliver consistent performances on the whole and the media have wasted no time whatsoever in criticizing the midfielder.
Pogba has now gone on to acknowledge the fact that he is not playing to the best of his abilities at United but has hinted that the defensive shackles put on him by manager Jose Mourinho is preventing him from producing the goods.
The 23-year-old was quoted saying by the Manchester Evening News, “I try to adapt. I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.
“I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like [Andrea] Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
Pogba did score a sensational 30 yard goal in France’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Netherlands a few days ago and the ex-Juventus star will now be hopeful of translating the form for United as well.