Pogba proved ‘Einsteins’ wrong with Europa brace – Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hit back at “Einsteins” after Paul Pogba scored twice in a 4-1 win over Fenerbahce on Thursday, saying that the critics would rapidly change their opinions.

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Midfielder Pogba scored from a penalty then added another long-range strike to secure a comfortable victory for Mourinho’s men in the Europa League clash at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman had scored once in eight appearances for United since his world record £89.3 million summer move, before his double against the Turkish club.

Speaking in his postmatch news conference, Mourinho said: “In some of your mouths, he goes from the worst player in the Premier League to the best player in 48 hours, especially the Einsteins.

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“Really, we know he is a very good player. We know he needs his time to show his potential. He needs time to adapt.

“He is a confident boy — he is not depressed because some people say he is a bad player — and he is just calm, so I don’t think today will make a big difference.

“But it’s always nice for a player to score goals at home, especially a beautiful goal.”

Mourinho had said in the prematch news conference on Wednesday that Henrikh Mkhiratyan had been training “without limitation,” but the Armenian forward was left out again against Fenerbahce.

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The United manager explained: “We played with Lingard, Mata and Martial. I’m not an Einstein — I don’t know a system to play four wingers at the same time. He has to work more to get the intensity and real fitness to play at a high level.”

United started with Wayne Rooney as a striker and he gave an encouraging display, ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Michael Carrick was also impressive in a holding role alongside Pogba.

When asked if the performances would influence his thinking, looking ahead, Mourinho replied: “They are independent matches. I chose this team because I felt it was the team to win it.

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“After such an intense game on Monday, I thought that some of the players would be in better condition to perform than others. I start thinking about Chelsea tomorrow.”

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