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Mourinho speaks on Pogba’s position, hits back at Rooney& Giggs



Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has spoken on midfielder, Paul Pogba’s position at the club.



The former Real Madrid boss also hit back at his former player, Wayne Rooney who had suggested that Pogba is a box-to-box midfielder.

Mourinho said Pogba has “everything”, but should not be considered a box-to-box midfielder.

The former Chelsea handler dropped Pogba to the bench for United’s last Premier League game, selecting youngster, Scott McTominay for a 2-0 victory at home against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Former United striker, Wayne Rooney, had suggested Mourinho is not playing Pogba in the right role.

Rooney had told Sky Sports, “For me Paul Pogba is a classic box-to-box player. He can do a bit of everything really well.”

Also Red Devil’s legend, Paul Ryan Giggs had said, “I think that position where he’s on the left of a midfield three is where he’s at his best. He’s a brilliant crosser of the ball and I don’t think he’s as effective when he’s having to do more defensive work in central areas.”

Mourinho hit at critics of Pogba’s performances when he spoke to the media on Friday ahead of a Premier League trip to Newcastle United.

He told his press conference, “The week was not different from what Paul is every week, he is a good professional and likes to train.

“I never had a problem with his professionalism because he is a good trainer and he likes to train.


“I was laughing over the past week because I heard and watched and read a few things. I’m not English but I think I understand English enough to understand what you mean by box-to-box but with some comments from important people in football I got a little bit confused.

“For me, box-to-box means box-to-box and means you have to be good in this box [defending] and you have to be good in this box [attacking]. You have to defend well in this box and have the physical condition, desire, intensity and stamina to go to the other box.

“You have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and so on and so on. And then when your team loses the ball you have to go to the other box, meaning box-to-box. But I’m confused because when people say box-to-box they mean they have to play free of defensive duties, that is not box-to-box.

“That’s a box in the box and stay in the box and doesn’t move from the box. I got a bit confused. I think this country produced a lot of amazing box-to-box players, I had the pleasure of coaching some of them, but nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members I think, the concept of the box-to-box is changing a little bit.

“I think now we are going to a different concept of box-to-box – box-to-box is not my words of course, I heard it for the first time in 2004 when I arrived [in English football]. For me, with my Portuguese and trying to translate to the English, I just think midfield players. And for me Paul is a midfield player.

“He’s not a striker so when people ask what position he plays, he is a midfield player, it depends on the tactical system, he can play with one, two or three, but he is always a midfield player.

“With so many opinions, we are in a world of opinions, people get confused but no confusion between me and Paul – he is a midfield player and that’s it.

“It is difficult to find a player with more potential than Paul, because he has everything.”

He added, “I think every player is in evolution until the end of his career. When you are a young kid you have more to learn but until the end of your career you have things to learn, improve and adapt and I don’t see a problem with that.”

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