Jose Mourinho has called on Paul Pogba to replicate his World Cup winning form for Manchester United this season.
Pogba was key to France’s march to glory with Mourinho describing his performances in the latter stages of the competition in Russia as “brilliant”.
That was certainly not a phrase Mourinho used about Pogba, 25, last season when he even ended up dropping the club’s record £89million buy.
Now he wants him to analyse his World Cup performances and understand how he can contribute in a similar way to United.
Mourinho said: “To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing, it is difficult to say that is not good for a player’s career, it’s amazing, it’s fantastic.
“So many players don’t have the opportunity to win a World Cup and help their team.
“I hope he understands why he was very good.
“That’s the point about his performance level and contribution to a winning team, it is to understand why he was so good especially in the second part of the competition, in the semi-finals and final when he was absolutely brilliant.”
Mourinho also believes Pogba is part of a national side that could go on to dominate the European and World scene
He said: “Apart from Giroud and Lloris, they are all young, they have more Euros and World Cups to play together so the future for him amongst that fantastic group of players can only be brilliant.”
Mourinho, 55, praised France boss Didier Deschamps who he defeated in a Champions League final when he was manager of Porto against Monaco.
He said: “For Didier I’m really happy. I know the hurt to lose a final.
“I can imagine the hurt to lose a Champions League final or a European championship final, he lost both.
“But now you’re a world champion with your country and you can forget all the painful moments in your career.
“Congratulations to him. He was good, pragmatic and worked really well for four years.
“He proved that continuity, belief and pragmatism can make things happen.”