Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hails ‘mature’ Paul Pogba after midfielder shines for France in World Cup semi-final win over Belgium
- Paul Pogba played the full 90 minutes as France beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday
- Pogba earned praised from his club manager, Jose Mourinho, in St Petersburg
- Manchester United boss Mourinho said that Pogba ‘played with great maturity’
Mourinho was less than complimentary about Pogba on multiple occasions during the domestic season but liked what he saw in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final.
Former Real Madrid boss Mourinho also hailed the performance of France defender Raphael Varane, whom he brought to the Bernabeu in 2011.
Paul Pogba played the full 90 minutes as France beat Belgium 1-0 in Tuesday’s World Cup semi
Pogba impressed opposite Manchester United club-mate Marouane Fellaini (left) in midfield
‘They tried to control the game which they did with a fantastic performance by Varane and a very good performance by Pogba,’ Mourinho told RT.
‘Pogba was mature he played with great maturity. When he had to hold position and to keep control of the game he did.
‘When (France boss) Deschamps took off (Olivier) Giroud to bring on (Steven) Nzonzi then Pogba had more freedom but freedom not to do silly things. Freedom to keep the ball away from the dangerous areas.
‘To keep the ball, to assist (Antoine) Griezmann for a great chance. He was very, very mature.’
Pogba has started five of France’s six World Cup matches so far, missing only the 0-0 draw with Denmark in the group stage.
France have won all of the games in which Pogba has played in Russia this summer.
With both of his fists clenched, France No 6 Pogba celebrated the final whistle in St Petersburg
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said that Pogba ‘played with great maturity’
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