Paul Pogba arrived back at Old Trafford in 2016 after leaving the Red Devils on a free in 2012 to join Italian Champions Juventus. The French midfielder came back as the world’s most expensive player at the time, an eye watering £89m.
Pogba has been directly involved in 14 Premier League goals this season with five goals and nine assists to his name.
Only the summer signing Romelu Lukaku can boast a better record at the club, with 22 direct goal contributions in the league.
Despite this, the heavy price tag has helped ensure criticism from far and wide, and even his own manager hasn’t held back.
Central midfield: Paul Pogba
Only Romelu Lukaku (22) has been directly involved in more goals for Man United in the Premier League this season than Paul Pogba (14):
5 goals ⚽️
9 assists 🅰️
Showing his class. pic.twitter.com/iWJsCBAZ7O
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 9, 2018
Mourinho came out and said following Pogba’s Man of the Match performance at the Etihad Stadium saying: “I don’t expect you to be man of the match every week, I don’t expect you to score two goals every week. But I expect you to be consistent.
“So, if you ask me if I’m expecting Paul now to be man of the match every week? No. If I expect him to score goals every match? No.
“But I expect Paul — and I think that’s the challenge he has to put to himself — to keep a certain stability and not to have the good match and the so-so match and the bad match.
“I think he has to try to keep that level of stability, and from that stability of course will appear the special match with the special performance like it happened against City.”
The 25-year-old performed poorly once more against West Brom and was pulled off early after reciving a booking.
United next play Bournemouth tomorrow away in the Premier League.