Pogba can learn from Ronaldo - Rio

English Premier League

Pogba, 25, has been a source of frustration for manager Jose Mourinho and supporters since rejoining the United in a club-record deal from Juventus.

While most will acknowledge his ability and potential as one of Europe's most graceful midfielders, his consistency in the Premier League has been the biggest talking point.

Despite winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, showing incredible leadership traits with Les Blues, the former Red Devils captain feels the Frenchman lacks something the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has in abundance.

"Cristiano came as what we called a showpony, all the stepovers, looking good for the fans," Ferdinand told ESPN FC.

"He left the best player in the world, who lived and died by the end product. Goals and assists.

"But that's down to intelligence, [Ronaldo] worked it out, actually, 'that's good that the people love me for that, but what's going to get me there, to the top of the mountain. I need to adjust my game.' And he left as the best player in the world.

"So Paul Pogba can look at that as something to learn from there as well. What do I really need to do to make myself the best midfielder on this planet?"

"I don't think it's in terms of players that you compare them, it's the mentality side. And that's where Cristiano Ronaldo beats down every player around," the six-time Premier League winner added.

"He's an animal mentally. He's just single-minded, fearless, and obsessed. Crazy combination."