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Mourinho: Pogba's Price Tag The Reason For 'Unfair' Criticism Of Him

Jose Mourinho: Pogba's Price Tag The Reason For 'Unfair' Criticism Of Him

By Keegan Kruger - May 19, 2017 08:58 AM @KeeganKruger

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Paul Pogba would not have been subjected to as much criticism this season were it not for his hefty price tag.

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The 24-year-old returned to Old Trafford at the beginning of this season for a world record fee of £89.3 million (R1.5 billion) back in August.

Mourinho, who is annoyed with the criticism Pogba has received this campaign, recently said that while he has been impressed with the Frenchman's performances, he hopes someone will break the former Juventus star's transfer record in the upcoming window.

"I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back. I hope next summer he's not anymore the highest transfer fee and then the pressure goes to somebody else," the Portuguese tactician told Omnisport.

"If his transfer fee was half of it, everybody would say 'what a buy', 'he's playing more than good'. But everybody expects performances according to that huge transfer fee and that brings pressure and that brings sometimes unfair analysis.

"He had very good matches, he had very good performances. He always sacrifices for the team. If I go, for example, to Rostov, the way he played in Rostov was amazing. He had little matches where the performance was not so good but normally the performance is related to the team. So when the team was very good, he was very good. When the team didn't perform so well, he didn't perform so well.

"So I think it's a bit unfair. I hope next season some club beats the record with another player and then the pressure goes somewhere else."

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Pogba has made 49 appearances for the Red Devils this season, scoring seven goals and assisting five further strikes.

Do you think Pogba has deserved the criticism he has been in for this season? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Pulevanbucs Joined: 29 Apr 2013
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Pulevanbucs May 19, 2017 02:52 PM
Plus he's black! Sorry for the race card.!
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lulikho May 19, 2017 02:41 PM
Its English & Spanish Media...
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Mpho Poster May 19, 2017 01:03 PM
Its not all about money but English racism. CR7 ddnt even hv a noticable Price tag bt was criticised in his early days. Even wen he was perfoming thats y cz he was a kid said ppl r jealous dt he is handsum n rich. Costa wanted to go bck to Spain too. English are crazy n unfortunatly the world kiss their ass
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Mpho Poster May 19, 2017 12:46 PM
@NTSET you said it all
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Maserati111 May 19, 2017 11:18 AM
Wena mourinho ur team is full of clueles cows thts y it's so predictable whn playin
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MOKOKOTLO May 19, 2017 11:07 AM
if you use that money in brazil i guarantee to you that you will gets results from that player, if you use that amount to buy ronaldo, messi or lewandoski you are guaranteed results but this guy is too slow for the EPL
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Brian Evans May 19, 2017 10:27 AM
Italy n england play total different football. He will adapt soon he a complete player, for me he deserves his price tag!
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skumaro.com May 19, 2017 09:35 AM
He was playing better at Juventus compared to Man U
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skumaro.com May 19, 2017 09:33 AM
He's way too overrated just to honest, he's not doing any wonders football wise #Khosination
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NTSET May 19, 2017 09:30 AM
because he's not English that's why,, Sterling is worse than Progba but no one complains about him,,

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