Mourinho responds to Pogba critics, says he ‘needs time’

Date published: Thursday 20th October 2016 10:28

Jose Mourinho: Denied Smalling news

Jose Mourinho: Denied Smalling news

Jose Mourinho came to the defence of Paul Pogba after his brace helped Manchester United to an impressive 4-1 victory against Fenerbahce.

The Frenchman followed up a pinpoint spot-kick with an exquisite finish on the stroke of half-time as the Red Devils came to life at Old Trafford.

“Two days ago he was the Premier League’s worst player and now he is phenomenal,” quipped Mourinho. “He needs time.”

Pogba also suggested that patience is required as he reminded everyone that this season is still in its embryonic stage.

“I feel comfortable with all of the team,” Pogba said.

“It is just at the start of the season and there is still a long way to go and we want to go up and do our best and be top of the league.”

Mourinho offered his assessment on a dominant display and admitted he was a little annoyed with how Robin van Persie was able to score a consolation goal on his return to Old Trafford.

He added: “It is three points and that is what we needed. We knew after the first defeat it was important to get nine points at home and a few more away so it was a very important victory for us.

“It was good. They came with a good defensive plan and stopped us for the first period but then after the first two goals, both clear penalties it opened the door for quality.

“With the fourth goal we stopped and they tried to have a reaction which they did. I am never happy to concede a goal. We lacked a bit of concentration but that is the nature of the players and lots of changes, it is acceptable.”

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