Jose Mourinho has argued that Paul Pogba is the “world’s best midfielder,” but regrets that the Manchester United star will never win a Ballon d’Or.
The Portuguese coach explained his statements after their derby against Sunderland on 26 December.
Image: Paul Pogba
The Frenchman has been widely criticized as “an overrated player” for recording just one goal and no assists in nine games after his arrival from Juventus. He left the Serie A giants for £93.25m, a world record transfer fee.
However, Pogba has waxed even stronger, notwithstanding the challenges from his new status as the “world’s most expensive” player.
“The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR.
“You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.”
Mourinho told the French TV station that he’s not worried about Pogba’s statistics for the club considering his age and the short time he has spent at Old Trafford.
“He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top,” Mourinho added.
The 23-year-old has worked hard to adapt at Old Trafford, and his efforts are finally yielding results.
Pogba earned an assist in their 3-1 drubbing of Sunderland, bringing his tally to two goals and three assists in United’s last eight games.
United have secured four games unbeaten run so far.
In the interview, Mou said his midfielder is the world’s best, adding that Pogba deserves a Ballon d’Or.
In his words: “At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or.
“But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.
“Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals.
“He [Paul] is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.”