Mourinho compares Pogba to Messi and Ronaldo

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba will develop into a phenomenal player, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The 23-year-old struggled to live up to his reputation following his £89 million transfer from Italian champions Juventus but has grown over the past few months and proved to be the match-winner United fans had hoped for.

Pogba has scored four goals and assisted three more in his 18 Premier League appearances so far, with a late winner against Middlesbrough on Saturday the most recent, and his recent resurgence has led to Mourinho tipping him to become one of the best in the world, though a change in attitude is needed if he is to win a Ballon d’Or award.

“What has to change is the people’s minds, because a goalkeeper never won the Ballon d’Or, very rarely a defender won it. Maldini never won it. Even for midfield players it is not easy, because everybody goes for the goalscorer,” said Mourinho.

“Michael Owen was the golden ball winner because of his goals. Cristiano and Lionel Messi score goals. They are phenomenal players, but they score a lot of goals. I think until you change the concept and the vision it is very difficult.

“But if Paul keeps improving in this way, if Manchester United keep improving and doing well in European football then I think he can be a phenomenal player.”

Mourinho has adapted his formation to accomodate Pogba, switching to a 4-3-3 formation with the Frenchman sitting on the left of the three, and has seen the former Juventus man flourish.

“He plays with freedom. He gets into dangerous positions. He has a good shot so he can score goals from outside (the box) and is good in the air. So he can score goals like against Middlesbrough or even from set pieces,” added Mourinho.

“On Saturday he almost killed someone that was behind the goal, but he is a good free kick taker so he can also score goals like that. He’s a good penalty taker, but no problem because we don’t get penalties!”

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