Pogba praises extreme and special Mourinho

Pogba praises extreme and special Mourinho

The Frenchman paid tribute to Mourinho's impact at Manchester United during his first season in charge of the club.

Sam Ludbrook

Paul Pogba believes José Mourinho’s willingness to do “extreme things” is what makes him so successful.

The Manchester United boss broke the world transfer record to land Pogba from Italian side Juventus for £89 million last summer.

His first season back at the club saw United lift the EFL Cup and the Europa League, with the latter bringing Champions League football back to Old Trafford next season.

However, the Reds will be looking to improve upon a sixth-placed league finish next season as they look to rival the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Tactical masterclass

Pogba backed Mourinho’s game-changing methods and his relationship with the players at the club.

"He is the Special One because he wins," he told Sky in Germany.

"Sometimes he does some extreme things. Against Chelsea, he changed our tactical formation just before the game.

"We had never trained it before but it worked out well. That was special. He won three trophies in his first year, that's special as well. He deserves his name.

"He's a manager who is really close with the players. Personally, he welcomed me, we had a talk and I had a good feeling from the first moment on. He trusted and defended me. That's all a player needs."

Pogba's key role

Pogba had plenty of critics to contend with during his first season back at United, but he played a key role in the club’s capture of the League Cup and Europa League.

The 24-year-old netted the opening goal in the Red’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final last month and he will be aiming to take centre stage in the Champions League next season under Mourinho.