Zlatan: Why Pogba struggled under Mou
Posted: 22 January 2019 Time: 10:30
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims the lack of confidence Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho had in each other was the reason behind their struggles at Manchester United.
In 2016 Mourinho sanctioned a then-world record fee of €105m for the midfielder to lure him back to Old Trafford after developing into one of the most sought after talents at Juventus.
While his return surrounded much fanfare, the duo made headlines for antics off the pitch, rather than on it, with several fallouts before Mourinho's eventual sacking last month, after a string of poor results.
However, since his former reserve team coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed, Pogba has flourished with five goals and four assists in six consecutive Premier League victories.
And Ibrahimovic concedes it's a case of two contrasting personalities and philosophies simply not being compatible.
"There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach," he told ESPN FC.
"Obviously, he (Mourinho) has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul is one of them."
"Paul didn't feel confidence from the coach, and the coach didn't feel confidence for Paul.
"It's difficult to perform as a player if you don't have confidence from the coach and you don't have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing about Paul.
"These things happen, and that is part of the game also; I mean, not everybody can go among each other and do well together.
"We are seeing more happy Paul, more free Paul, more 'do whatever you want to do,' and he is succeeding with things now.
"It's like new energy, new blood came in, and now he is playing like he knows how to play. And we know who Pogba is, and this is the Pogba we are seeing."
Overall, Pogba has now scored 10 goals and registered eight assists in 26 games across all competitions, the best scoring season in his career to date.