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Mourinho blames Pogba price tag for 'unfair' criticism

19 May 2017

The Manchester United player and his family announced the sad news that his father had passed away after a battle with illness, and thanked the staff and hospitals who cared for him.

Boss Mourinho has often come out in Pogba's defence and has done so again, saying his performances would be praised if not for the money involved.

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He told Omnisport (h/t ESPN FC): "I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back". So when the team was very good, he was very good. He always sacrifices for the team.

"He had little matches where the performances were 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. I think what happened if I did feel exhausted, it would be maybe we'd lost a couple of games and you started to feel sorry for yourself, and that would last a nano-minute. "I hope next season some club beats the record with another player and then the pressure goes somewhere else".

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The 54-year-old complained of the congested fixture list faced by the Red Devils, with their last match against Crystal Palace just three days before their Europa League final against Ajax.

"Man up, I'm sorry", he added. "One is a centre-half and the other one, I'm not quite sure what Fellaini is".

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Manager Jose Mourinho has consistently bemoaned their packed schedule but Souness believes that doing so serves only to give his players an excuse not to perform. "Man United. One of the biggest football clubs in the world, richest clubs in the world and they're playing those two in midfield".

Mourinho blames Pogba price tag for 'unfair' criticism