Mourinho lauds Pogba for maturity against Belgium

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Pin Pogba received criticism from his club manager last season. AFP
Pogba received criticism from his club manager last season. AFP

Mourinho lauds Pogba for maturity against Belgium

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Jose Mourinho has had a difficult relationship with Paul Pogba at Man Utd, but the Portuguese praised his midfielder's efforts for France against Belgium on Tuesday.

Pogba joined Man Utd for a then-record transfer fee of over £90 million from Juventus, but has often been criticised during his time at Old Trafford, particularly by his manager Jose Mourinho.

The midfielder, however, has been a vital part of his natoinal side's journey to reach a first World Cup final in 12 years as they beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.

Didier Deschamps has opted to play Pogba in a midfield two with Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, in a role that Pogba has played frequently for his club side but is often accused of being lazy and going missing in games.

Despite this accusation, which has often been leveled at the player by Mourinho himself, Pogba has managed to form a fruitful partnership with Kante, and again proved his ability to control the game from the middle of the park against the 'Red Devils' (not his club side but Belgium).

"Pogba was mature, he played with great maturity. When he had to hold position and to keep control of the game he did." the former Real Madrid boss told 'RT'.

"When (France boss) Deschamps took off (Olivier) Giroud to bring on (Steven) Nzonzi then Pogba had more freedom but freedom not to do silly things. Freedom to keep the ball away from the dangerous areas."

The 25 year-old will now go on to play in the biggest match of his career to date, as his team plays in the final of the tournament on Sunday in Moscow. Undoubtedly, Mourinho will be watching on eagerly.

 

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