Manchester United's Jose Mourinho warns Paul Pogba 'could lose focus' back in the Premier League
Posted: 24 July 2018 Time: 10:30
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why 2018 World Cup winner Paul Pogba struggles to remain consistent with the Premier League side.
Pogba, 25, was often scrutinised by Mourinho and English press for his inconsistencies since returning to the club from Juventus in a club record-move.
However, the France midfielder silenced his detractors after playing an integral role in Les Blues 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph.
Now suggestions have pointed to the 'Special One' over Pogba's indifferent spell at the Red Devils, but the Portuguese tactician claims the sheer intensity of the global showpiece - played a massive role in Pogba's performances.
"I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him," he told ESPN. "It's about him giving the best he has to give.
"I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best. Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football.
"Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.
"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again," Mourinho added.
"I think it was the perfect environment for him. At the same time, players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country, with the people, that extra responsibility that makes them – by the emotional point of view – to be sometimes even overcommitted.
"They play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed. So I think it’s the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to fully focus on the job."