The Portuguese has hailed the midfielder’s
performances for Manchester United and
says the Frenchman is the best in the
world in his position.
Manchester United manager Jose
Mourinho labelled Paul Pogba as the best
midfielder in the world, but expects the
France star to be even better next season.
The Red Devils forked out a world-record
fee to re-sign Pogba from Serie A
champions Juventus and the 23-year-old is
starting to hit top form after initially
struggling at Old Trafford this term.
Mourinho is adamant that more is to come
from Pogba, though, and backed him to
eventually win the Ballon d’Or, if the prize
is judged on more than goals alone.
“People have to change the way they look
at the Ballon d’Or. At the moment, it is
almost as it you cannot win it if you are
not a goalscorer,” Mourinho told SFR Sport.
“It was a miracle that [Franz] Beckenbauer,
[Fabio] Cannavaro or even a midfielder like
[Luis] Figo won it. Because now it seems
impossible to win if you are not a
“If that perception changes, Paul can win
the Ballon d’Or. Paul is a midfielder, not a
goalscorer. But he will score more and
more goals, because he has the
characteristics to score goals.
“But he is a midfielder, and in my opinion
the best midfielder in the world. He is
obviously young, needs to improve and
wants to improve, which is even better.
“He has an agent [Mino Raiola] who is
great for him. He is not a typical agent
who puts the player on the moon. He
demands a lot from Paul and wants him to
get better all the time. So everything
around him is there to become a great
“The Premier League is a very difficult
league. He was in Serie A before, where he
played four years. The Premier League is
completely different, but he is doing well,
more than well. His evolution is clear. I
can imagine next year for Paul is going to
Pogba has netted five goals in 24
appearances in all competitions for United