Friday 19 January 2018

Jose is gathering some serious momentum

Paul Hyland

Paul Hyland

JOSE Mourinho has again turned on media based football "Einsteins" who have been heavily critical of star signing Paul Pogba after demolishing Fenerbache in the Europa League at Old Trafford.

An imperious 4-1 dismissal of Fenerbache finally brought a breakthrough performance from Pogba which inlcuded two goals.

"First of all, in some of your mouths, he goes from the worst player in the Premier League to a great player in 48 hours," Mourinho said.

"Especially the Einsteins. We know he is a very good player. We know he needs some time to show his potential.

"I know Italian football very well. I know teams play completely different from the Premier League. I am not saying we are better but we are different. Different in the intensity, the number of touches on the ball, everything is different and he needs time to adapt. He is a self-confident boy.

"He was not depressed because some people said he was a bad player. He was not depressed. He was calm. It is always nice for a player to score, to score at home and especially to score such a beautiful goal."

After defying predictions and walking away from Anfield with a point after his head-to-head with Jurgen Klopp, Mourinho banked three Europa League points and set Manchester United up for his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Quick fire first-half penalties from Pogba and Anthony Martial killed off the Turkish team and the Frenchman added panache with a wonderfully taken second before Jesse Lingard wrapped it up. Old boy Robin van Persie grabbed a consolation goal.

"It was important for us to take nine points at home," said Mourinho, who paid tribute to Pogba. "He is phenomenal. I was not expecting in a click of the fingers he would get that intensity. He gave us the balance and the dynamic.

"We wanted that win and we are top of the group," said Pogba, who seemed to take control of penalty duties from skipper Wayne Rooney.

"I wanted to take the penalty and Wayne Rooney let me take. A big respect to him," he said.


Irish Independent

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