Jose Mourinho has claimed that he has told Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to be consistent and stable in his performances for his side.
The France international midfielder, who re-joined United on a world record fee in the summer of 2016, has endured a mixed season at Old Trafford.
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The 25-year-old has lost his starting place in the Red Devils squad at one point, but Pogba put in an impressive performance in the derby against Manchester City last weekend.
The former Juventus star, who had fallen out of favour in recent months, has scored twice in United’s 3-2 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side.
During a press conference ahead of Sunday’s home meeting with West Bromwich Albion, Mourinho said that he has asked Pogba for greater consistency and stability if he wants a permanent place in his squad.
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“I will tell you what I told him after the (City) match,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports News. “It’s exactly what I told him – I don’t expect you to be a man of the match every week, I don’t expect you to score two goals every week. I expect you to be consistent in a certain level.”
“So, if you ask me, I’m expecting Paul now to be a 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 first thing is stability at training level, stability during the working week. And the past two, three weeks I’m really happy with him.”
Paul Pogba PL 17/18
85% pass accuracy
78% dribbles succeeded
7.89 average rating
“Having a bad season” pic.twitter.com/GqmOAoYwss
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Pogba has managed to score 5 goals and 10 assists in 29 appearances for the Red Devils this season.