Mourinho Plays Down Pressure on Pogbaaisng
Jose Mourinho played down suggestions that Paul Pogba needs to use the Champions League knockout stage to justify his huge price tag as Manchester United prepare for today’s clash with Sevilla.
“I dont think it’s fair to speak about the responsibilities of a player. When I decide a team to play I don’t look to the age, the salary, the transfer fee, because I think that’s not also fair,” Mourinho told reporters yesterday at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, where the sides meet in their last 16, first leg.
Pogba was included in United’s squad for the game after missing the 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday through illness, compounding a poor few weeks for the midfielder.
The French international was signed in August 2016 for a then world record fee of £89.3 million, but he has not completed 90 minutes for a month.
He was hauled off by Mourinho in recent defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, and dropped for Huddersfield’s trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League.