Jose Mourinho claims Paul Pogba played at the level of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s players during Manchester United’s defeat on Wednesday night.
Neymar scored the only goal of the game, while David de Gea was forced to pull off a few spectacular saves, however, the Portuguese boss highlighted Pogba’s performance for praise.
He dominated the midfield play, got the ball forward, kept possession, created chances, made goal-scoring opportunities and truly looked the part as he orchestrated the game.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho singled out Pogba after another impressive display.
“Messi and Neymar, there is only one Messi and one Neymar,” Mourinho said. “And Suarez, Iniesta, Pique, Ronaldo, Bale, Modric, Toni Kroos, there is only one, so they can only be playing for a club not two clubs.
“So we can’t have them, they belong to the clubs, and you can be working very hard tactically to try to improve your team. Tactically, you can try to improve players but there are players that are special players and against that nature there is nothing you can do.
“What you can do is when the matches are real matches, you try to compensate the difference of quality with a certain tactical organisation and with that you can win. In football it’s possible that a team is in a certain day better than the sum of the parts, that’s possible in football.
“But the parts are amazing, their relation with the ball is amazing, you can argue about occupation of spaces and tactics, and compact blocks, and you can speak about all of that but the relation with the ball is still the most important thing.
“And even as an opponent on the bench like I am it is beautiful to see a few guys, their relation with the ball. But I have to say one of my players today Paul Pogba showed the level and he shows that he belongs to that level.”
Pogba has done incredibly well since his arrival at United and although he’s always made the headlines for not scoring goals, it’s clear there is so much more to his game.
Hopes are he can continue to build on last season as there’s no doubting the fact that he has the ability to become a specular player at Old Trafford.