Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba has the potential to be one of the best footballers in the world, and will attempt to harness that ability next season.
According to Duncan Castles in the Daily Record, Mourinho is working to get the best football out of Pogba possible next season in hope of seeing the French midfield have the best season of his career in 2018/19.
It’s been a mixed time in Pogba’s second spell at Old Trafford, having quit Man United for Juventus as a teenager on a free transfer before being bought back in a then-world record transfer of £89m.
Some performances and moments have been utterly breathtaking and there are few that doubt the quality that Pogba possesses in quite ridiculous quantities. But finding consistent quality from his main man has been tricky for Mourinho.
One United source reportedly said that “Jose likes the player, but the player does not have his head in football.
“Pogba is not focused on football, he has his head in music, in hairstyles, in shoes.”
Quite what that position that United source is in at the club is not noted, but it’s a view held by many fans and pundits alike.
Pogba put in a good performance for France against World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly during the international break, assisting Kylian Mbappé and scoring a free-kick himself.
That Mourinho has faith in the 25-year-old is positive. If United can cement a midfield built around Pogba and make it a success, the Reds have the potential to demolish teams.
Without that, it’s unlikely Mourinho will be able to catch up Pep Guardiola and Manchester City any time soon.