Rio Ferdinand urges Jose Mourinho to ‘unlock’ France World Cup star Paul Pogba

by Alex Turk

Paul Pogba impressed on the international stage once again on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup Final to lift the prestigious trophy for a second time.

Pogba started and finished a move brilliantly the net Didier Deschamps’ men’s third with a Mario Mandzukic own-goal, Antoine Griezmann penalty and Kylian Mbappe strike emphatically clinching victory on the biggest stage of them all.

After the 25-year-old midfielder’s successful campaign, former Manchester United defender has urged current manager Jose Mourinho to “unlock” the man in the France shirt.

Speaking as a pundit on BBC after full-time, Ferdinand insisted: “Jose Mourinho is going to have to unlock this Paul Pogba in an United shirt.

“Are they getting the ball to him in the right areas? In a United shirt he isn’t receiving the ball in the right areas, it’s up to the manager to work these things out.”

Pogba seems like a completely different player in his national shirt, rather than at Man United where he has endured an inconsistent and highly-critiqued two years since returning from Juventus in 2016.

There’s no doubting the United no. 6’s quality, but the 2018-19 campaign has a make-or-break feel to it with Mourinho thought to be losing faith in him last term.

If Mourinho can unlock Pogba’s best potential, he has the ability to propel the club back to the level it was once at and form a substantial Premier League title challenge.

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