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Jose Mourinho Tempers Paul Pogba Praise With Backhanded Compliment

By Eoin Lyons
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Paul Pogba is set to begin his third season at Manchester United in August, and fresh from a great performance at World Cup,  the France midfielder will be expected to kick on at Old Trafford following two inconsistent seasons at the club.

One man who Pogba still has to win over is manager Jose Mourinho, with the Portugese's words on the Frenchman's recent performances indicative that Pogba still has a way to go to convince his boss that he can be a success in his system.

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During Man United's preseason tour of the US, Mourinho was asked at a press conference about Pogba and his form in Russia, and the 55-year-old was not fulsome in his praise of the player,  hinting that the midfielder needs to bring his form from the tournament to club level:

To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing. It's difficult to say that to win the World Cup is not good for a player's career, and I hope that he understands why he was very good. I think that's the point about his performance level and his contribution to a winning team. For him to understand why he was so good, especially in the second part of the competition, quarter final, semi-final, where he was, in my opinion, absolutely brilliant.

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There's definitely a begrudging element to Mourinho's words, as if he is bitter that Pogba has adapted to Didier Deschamps system and not his, and it will be interesting to see how Pogba fits into the former Chelsea manager's plans over the coming months.

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