“Ask him when you have a chance what he thinks about it (his form),” the prickly Portuguese said.
“I work to get the best out of him. It’s the only thing I can do. I cannot do anything else. I think he is more than fine in relation to the recovery from his injury – sometimes a muscular problem can have a recurrence. In his case, not at all.”
So Mourinho has made it clear: Pogba is not struggling to get over his hamstring injury. Nor, as the United boss has stated several times in recent weeks, is it because they’ve fallen out.
That suggests the Frenchman, in the eyes of the manger at least, is failing for tactical reasons. The Red Devils are predominantly set-up in a 4-2-3-1 system in which there is not a natural role for the 25-year-old.
At Juventus Pogba thrived on the left of a three-man midfield, playing alongside the maestro Andrea Pirlo and the box-to-box powerhouse Arturo Vidal. It was a position that allowed the France international freedom to express himself across the pitch, creating and goalscoring in equal measure.
Since his £89million move back to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, Pogba has often looked unsure of his role in the starting XI. So it’s not surprising United are exploring ways in which to bring out the best of their club-record signing.
The deep-lying playmaker could be exactly what Mourinho and the Red Devils need to ensure Pogba shines in 2018/19. As the video above explains, Jorginho can be the glue United’s midfield desperately needs.