Yaya explains Pogba upturn in form
Posted: 15 January 2019 Time: 15:00
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has enjoyed a dramatic change in fortunes since the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho and Premier League legend Yaya Toure has now explained why he looks a totally different prospect.
In May last year, Toure, who is considered as one of the finest midfielders' to grace the Premier League revealed his desire to play alongside Pogba and 'teach him a few things', during a time where he was struggling for form.
While his inconsistent performances continued into the new season, it appeared that the club-record signing would be heading for the Old Trafford exit doors for the second time in his career after falling out with Mourinho.
But the Red Devils hierarchy made the bold step of firing the Portuguese tactician, which has culminated in Pogba producing the best form he's ever produced in a United shirt with eight goal contributions (four goals and four assists) within their six-game winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
And has since explained how his mental state has been the major contributing factor to his impressive upturn in from over the past month.
"To be honest I think Paul now has more belief in his manager," Toure said on Monday Night Football. "His manager has put him in the situation like he is the boss. 'You have to deliver… you have to push the team forward.'
"He has the quality to do that because when you see the World Cup in Russia, it was a big example. We caught some clip of him talking to his team-mates in the dressing room, it was amazing.
"He's the type of player who wants to have this connection with his manager, being trusted by him, telling him to push, feeling the love.
"That's good for United, and good for the fans as well, because this type of player always has to shine, show his quality."
Comparing Pogba's attitude to his own, Toure said: "A player like me, I just want to give more, produce more, and I like the challenge. Sometimes it has been very difficult because to be able to deliver your best qualities, you can't say to Pogba to be like N'Golo Kante or Blaise Matuidi, it is impossible.
"But what he has delivered in the past at Juventus… he can shoot from far, dribble, give passes like he did this weekend against Tottenham. It's what the fans want and what the club has paid for in this type of player. Just make sure it continues.
"He has to now continue to believe in himself. Criticism is going to come in all day long, but he's a professional man, and you have to accept it and continue to work hard."