Mourinho defends Pogba displays

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba's world record transfer fee has affected his displays upon his Old Trafford return.

The France international rejoined the Red Devils for £89.3 million from Serie A champions Juventus but has been criticised for his lack of goals and assists in a below-par domestic campaign for Mourinho's side.

Nonetheless, the former Chelsea boss has defended the 24-year-old by stating he's been harshly judged by critics due to the mammoth price-tag.

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

"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's good in the air defensively, attacking… He's a very good free-kick taker, so if Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] gives him permission to take more, he would score a few goals. I think he has everything."

Pogba has featured 49 times this season, scoring seven goals and registering five assists in all competitions.

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