Manchester United face their biggest game of the season later today, in an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
The clash at Wembley Stadium could well determine whether this season still has potential to be a trophy-laden one, but going to play Spurs in what is now their home stadium is a huge ask.
Before that, though, manager Jose Mourinho has issued a challenge to Paul Pogba. The self-proclaimed Special One wants his star central-midfielder to show more consistency in his game. In all honesty, that’s certainly a fair ask.
‘I told him after Manchester City that I am not expecting him to be man of the match in every game,’ said Mourinho, per The Metro.
‘I am not expecting him to be phenomenal every match because that is really difficult, but to keep a certain level. That’s the challenge, that’s obvious.
‘Has he done that in recent games? He was phenomenal against Manchester City, not good against West Brom, and again phenomenal against Bournemouth.
‘Against Manchester City, you have the two goals and people say ‘wow, super decisive’ but I think he played even better against Bournemouth.
‘Since minute one he was even more consistent, more in control of the game. He was really good.
Since day one it has been peaks and troughs for Pogba. He’s a world-class individual, nobody can dispute that. However, we’d all love to see him showcase his abilities every single week, rather than every other week.
Some may say that’s just the nature of his game. He tries things that other footballers wouldn’t even dream about. Sometimes they work out, on other days they don’t.
One thing I know for certain is that we’re going to need him to be at his best today. Spurs’ midfield is excellent, and alongside Nemanja Matic and probably Ander Herrera, it’s a battle that our lads have to win if we’re going to enjoy a memorable day out at the national stadium…