Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims that young midfielder Paul Pogba can join the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in world football map.
Recently, Pogba has been in ominous form as he is performing his midfield duties well with chipping in with crucial goals and assists. Pogba’s power header gifted United a dramatic win against Middlesbrough and Mourinho has all the reasons to go gaga over the French midfielder.
Pogba certainly has the qualities to be world-class midfielder as he has shown Zidane like guile and steel in the midfield, as well as Paul Scholes-esque range of passing. But to be a Ballon d’Or winner, he needs to up the ante.
The Red Devil’s £89million buy’s dramatic headed goal against Middlesbrough took his United tally to six, dovetailed by his two goals for France this season.
Ballon D’Or award has been subjugated by Messi and Ronaldo in recent years. Generally the Golden Ball is awarded to forwards, though the likes of Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane triumphed back in the days so it is not impossible for Pogba to covet himself with the glory someday.
Mourinho thinks Pogba can also win the award as he can be up there with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo but according to the United boss, minds of people need to be changed, they need to be convinced.
”What has to change is the people’s minds, because a goalkeeper never won the Ballon d’Or, very rare a defender won it. Maldini never won it. Even for midfielder players it is not easy, because everybody goes for the goalscorer,’‘ said the Portugese.
‘‘Michael Owen was the golden ball winner because of his goals. Cristiano and Lionel Messi score goals. They are phenomenal players, but they score a lot of goals. I think until you change the concept and the vision it is very difficult.But if Paul keeps improving in this way, if Manchester United keep improving and doing well in European football then I think he can be a phenomenal player.”
”He (Pogba) plays with freedom. He gets into dangerous positions. He has a good shot so he can score goals from outside (the box) and is good in the air. So he can score goals like against Middlesbrough or even from set pieces,” said Mourinho.
“On Saturday he almost killed someone that was behind the goal, but he is a good free kick taker so he can also score goals like that. He’s a good penalty taker, but no problem because we don’t get penalties! He has a lot of qualities to score goals, so let’s see.”
”A player always has to improve. I think Michael Carrick is still improving and will until his last day. When the moment comes a player thinks there is nothing to improve on, or a manager thinks there is no way to improve then it is not good.”
”There is always something to improve. Even his (Pogba’s) physical potential that you see, amazing box to box player, he can be even better. He’s very young.”
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