Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba he must forget his world-record price tag and Manchester United what he can do.
The Red Devils shelled a world-record £89m on Pogba in the summer and after showing glimpses of brilliance in his first two games, has however been a shadow of himself in their last two fixtures, prompting concerns if he is worth the amount paid for him.
The 23-year old had an anonymous performance in the Manchester derby against City in which they lost 2-1, and also put in a listless performance as they lost 1-0 to Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday, but Mourinho has urged his number 6 to forget all about his price tag.
“The world record player is always a question that will be open until somebody breaks the record,” Mourinho said.
“I think there are clubs that paid 20, 30, 40 (million pounds), which is a bigger deal than what Man United paid for Paul because you make a relation between what you pay and the club revenue.
“You realise that other clubs paying 20, 30, 40 is a much bigger thing than what Man United did, and I just want Paul to forget that and to play his football.
“Euro final, no pre-season, holidays, come back – it’s normal that in the first week he had the very good impact in the first game.
“It’s normal that after the first game he has a little decrease, but I am full of trust with him because I know the player he is.
“I know that he is a very good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally and will come with the team. The team improves, Paul improves. No problem.”