Jose Mourinho rates Paul Pogba’s display in France v Portugal

Jose Mourinho has his say on Paul Pogba's performance for France against Australia at the World Cup

Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho ran the rule on Paul Pogba’s performance after France got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start by beating Australia 2-1.

Antoine Griezmann’s controversial VAR-assisted opener handed France the lead, but Mile Jedinak’s cancelled out their advantage.

However, Pogba ended up netting the winner when his shot clipped Aziz Behich and looped up and over Matt Ryan to hand the French the three points in their group stage opener.

Mourinho commented on Pogba’s performance after the game, admitting that it was not his most influential display in midfield.

Speaking to Russia Today, Mourinho said: “The midfield were very positional, Paul didn’t interfere a lot in the game, but then – this action is the action of a number eight.

“That’s what people used to call the box-to-box midfielders. And in this case, that was the action of an attacking part of box-to-box.

“It’s a pity it wasn’t a clean shot to make it a brilliant goal, but it got them the three points.”

Pogba’s situation at Manchester United has been in the headlines recently due to his mixed performances for the Red Devils.

The 25-year-old came under scrutiny for much of last season for failing to produce consistent displays for Mourinho’s men throughout the campaign.

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Mourinho will be hoping that Pogba will be able to fire his side to a genuine Premier League title challenge next term.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table last term as they missed out on a trophy following their FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea FC at the end of May.

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