On Sunday, Paul Pogba could become only the fourth player in Manchester United history to lift the World Cup while at the club.
Jose Mourinho said:
“France scored [against Belgium] and then they tried to control the game, which they did, with a fantastic performance by Raphael Varane and a very good performance by Pogba. He played the game with great maturity. When he had to hold position and keep control of the game, he did. When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N’Zonzi, Pogba had more freedom – freedom to keep the ball, keep the ball away from dangerous areas, to assist Griezmannn for a great chance. He was very, very mature.”
United legend Rio Ferdinand also commented:
“There’s an understanding and maturity about his game. Throughout this tournament, he’s grown and grown. He emerged out of this game as the midfielder on the pitch.”
“All players need to be mentioned but it's true that Pogba was almost everywhere, not only in attack but he was also efficient in defence. [Roberto] Martinez had decided to put [Marouane] Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only worried about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball.
“[Paul] knew what to do, he left very little waste. He was more creative in terms of recovery of the ball, one-on-ones, he performed very well. He has grown in the team, he is a very expressive player. He knows what he has to do and what he does on the pitch can only increase his legitimacy in the group.“
“kept things simple”.
“His long balls are exceptional,”added the 68-year-old.
“Few can do that in the world.”
ManUtd.com's Mark Froggatt...
All of the pieces are coming together for Pogba and his influential form at the World Cup bodes well for United, ahead of a massive season for the club. Just imagine how confident he will be, after lifting football's most prestigious trophy (potentially) following an excellent tournament on an individual basis.
It has been reported that Paul's impressive performances with France are due in part to the presence of Ngolo Kante and Blaise Matuidi alongside him in central midfield, because they provide him with the freedom to focus on his strengths around the pitch. That is also good news for us Reds, following the summer signing of Brazil international Fred.
Jose Mourinho has already stated the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder will
“complement our other midfielders' qualities” and that surely alludes to Pogba, our potential world champion who will be afforded a hero's welcome upon his return to Old Trafford in August.