Jose Mourinho described Paul Pogba’s display on his second Manchester United debut against Southampton on Friday as ‘fantastic’.
United were convincing 2-0 winners over the Saints at Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic on target with a header and a penalty to take his Premier League tally to three goals in two games.
But all eyes were on Pogba, the world’s most expensive footballer at £89million, as he debuted for the second time with the Red Devils.
His big day began with an error, a sloppy first touch gifting Southampton possession in the opening seconds, but he shone from there on and dominated the midfield with an all-action display.
“He was fantastic,” said Mourinho of the France international.
“The fact his first action was bad – he loses the ball, gives a counter to the opponent – means you could see even more the ego, the personality… he’s so comfortable under that skin of a star.
“He is so confident, the way he plays. He was phenomenal.”
Mourinho had not intended to use Pogba for the full 90 minutes but saw no reason to call an early end to his happy homecoming.
He began in a deep-lying midfield role but roamed wherever he saw fit, supporting the attackers, covering Luke Shaw on the left flank and working with Marouane Fellaini to shield the back four when required.
In the end, even his own manager was left at a loss to describe his role.
“I don’t know which position he played,” added Mourinho.
“He has to play free, but for a player to play with freedom we have to build organisation around him.”