Mourinho pleads with Pogba to replicate World Cup performance at Manchester United

Mourinho pleads with Pogba to replicate World Cup performance at Manchester United

- Paul Pogba was one of the stars of the World Cup after helping France lift the trophy for a second time.

- Jose Mourinho wants the 25-year-old to maintain the same approach when returns to Old Trafford after an extended vacation

- The France international was frozen out at times by the Portuguese boss during some important fixtures last season

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has urged French midfielder Paul Pogba to replicate the commitment he displayed with the Les Blues at the global football fiesta in Russia for the Red Devils, according to a UK Daily Star report.

The Frenchman was one of the standout performers at the Mundial after helping France claim the World Cup for a second time.

Pogba netted in France's 4-2 win over Croatia’s Blazers in the final match in Moscow and appeared more comfortable with Les Bleus than he does at Old Trafford outfit.

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The Red Devils midfield ace has been a regular member of the squad since his return from Juventus in a £90m deal in 2016.

However, the France international has seen himself frozen out at times during last campaign, with the Portuguese boss dropping him in some important fixtures both at the domestic front as well as in Europe.

The former Chelsea manager believes Pogba performed better at the global stage because he showed 'extra commitment' to the French squad.

Ahead of the coming season, Mourinho insists the 25-year-old Pogba, should maintain the same approach when returns in a Manchester United shirt.

"I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country, with the people, that extra responsibility that makes them, by the emotional point of view, to be sometimes even overcommitted.

"So they play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed.

"So I think it's the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to fully focus on the job,” he said, even as he was quick to query Pogba's focus by suggesting that there was no external distractions in Russia.

"I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him, it's about him giving the best he has to give.

"I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give (their) best.

"Why? Because it's closed for a month, where he can only think about football.

"Where he's with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.

"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again.

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"In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up.

"You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarter-finals, to the semi-finals, to the finals. This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player. So I think it was the perfect environment for him,” Mourinho submitted.

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