Manchester United shocked the footballing world last summer, when Jose Mourinho opted to spend a world record fee to bring Paul Pogba back to the Theatre of Dreams. The 24-year-old has definitely had a mixed time of things so far, but we do tend to forget he’s still very young.
The former Juventus man definitely came back to Manchester with big expectations and pressure on his shoulders, and I think the best word to describe his form is ‘patchy’.
Recently, he’s struggled. With such a huge transfer fee, when things aren’t going well, that’s obviously going to be magnified by the English media – but today, he’s been backed by Arsenal hero and fellow Frenchman, Robert Pires.
“He had a lot of pressure because some people were talking about his price tag, but you must not forget that Paul Pogba is a young player and in France we say he needs time to adapt,” Pires said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
“I think that is very important as the Premier League is very hard, difficult and tough, it is not only for the game, it is every morning in the training sessions.”
“I know Paul, I am very confident for him, but I think Man Utd is a good choice for him and if you work with Jose Mourinho you can learn a lot,”
“The first season is very difficult, it is like a transition for him as he used to play for Juventus in Italy and so everything is different. You cannot compare France, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, they are not the same.”
“And that is why the time adaption is very important for Paul Pogba and the other players.”
It’s great to see the 43-year-old come out in support of his countryman, and no doubt that’ll give Pogba a newfound boost in confidence which will help him.
Players adapt to new surroundings at different rates, and I’ve full confidence in Pogba’s ability to turn things around next season. He’ll be much more comfortable with life back at the Theatre of Dreams and he will also have had a full season under his belt.
The best thing now for him is to focus on coming back from the hamstring injury he suffered against FC Rostov. The club have a very busy month of April coming up, and we need as many players as possible to be fit and ready to go.