Zlatan on Pogba: The striker, who currently plays for MLS side LA Galaxy, has spoken about the Pogba-Mourinho rift.
Manchester United have been brilliant under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far. The side is yet to drop points in the Premier League and registered a 2-1 win over Brighton last night.
With this win, United moved three points closer to the fourth-placed Chelsea, who lost to Arsenal in another league game on Saturday.
Paul Pogba has been sublime for United under Solskjaer, as the midfielder has scored five and assisted four goals in six league appearances under the Norwegian.
As the midfielder steps up for the side brilliantly and has become a key player for Solskjaer, former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was asked to comment on the sudden surge in Pogba’s form and the difference in him under Mourinho and Solskjaer.
Zlatan on Pogba:
The former United striker admitted that Pogba plays more freely and acknowledged that the differences between the midfielder and Mourinho had an adverse impact on the Pogba’s performances.
“There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach,” Zlatan told ESPN.
Rooney: “I think he (Pogba) found it difficult under Mourinho. I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great.” #mufc [ESPN]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 19, 2019
Rashford has scored more for United under Solskjaer than Mourinho this season. Pogba has scored as many under Solskjaer as he did under Mourinho. Pogba’s also hit double-figures for the first time with #mufc.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 19, 2019
“Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul [Pogba] is one of them.”
Zlatan further stated that Pogba didn’t ‘feel confidence’ from Jose Mourinho and that such an occurence is common in football.
“Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach, and the coach didn’t feel confidence for Paul. It’s difficult to perform as a player if you don’t have confidence from the coach and you don’t have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing about Paul.
We kept Mourinho.
We sold Pogba, Martial.
We replaced with Fellaini, Willian.
De Gea left, we signed Pickford.
We sold Bailly, signed Maguire.
Rashford didn’t develop.
Lukaku was first choice striker.
No one signed for us due to boring tactics.
— MUFCTransfers (@_MUFCTransfers_) January 19, 2019
Pogba has managed 5 goals and 4 assists in 6 games since Solskjaer has taken over. Mourinho’s biggest achievement whilst at United was convincing some fans that the Frenchman was average.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) January 19, 2019
“These things happen, and that is part of the game also; I mean, not everybody can go among each other and do well together.
“I feel like you come to a moment where it is too blocked and one goes or the other one goes. At this moment, the coach left, and Paul is more free now.”