Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

World Cup Was Perfect Place for Pogba Says Boss

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

World Cup Was Perfect Place for Pogba Says Boss

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JOSE Mourinho believes a tournament environment intensified Paul Pogba's focus during the World Cup.

France talisman Pogba performed superbly throughout the finals.

The United midfielder acknowledged on the eve of the tournament he had encountered 'issues' with Mourinho in the latter months of last season, having been dropped on more than one occasion before City coach Pep Guardiola claimed Pogba's agent Mino Raiola had offered the midfielder to the Premier League champions.

Those distractions did not affect Pogba during France's run and Mourinho offered his own theory on the £89million signing's fabulous form in Russia.

"I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him," Mourinho told ESPN. "It's about him giving the best he has to give. I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best. …

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