Pogba: Mourinho Wants Me To Play Like Pirlo

Pogba Asked To Play More Defensive Role

Paul Pogba Manchester United
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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that Jose Mourinho has asked him to play like Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.

Pogba has had a difficult start to life at Old Trafford following his world-record £89million transfer from Juventus in August. He has scored just one Premier League goal in 540 minutes of football for United compared to eight in Serie A last season at an average one every 277 minutes.

“The coach gives me instructions and I try to follow them. I try to adapt myself,” said the 23-year-old in an interview with the Portugese newspaper A Bola.

“I have to retrieve the ball, take part in defensive duties and play more for the team. It means I play differently to what I have been used to – a little like Pirlo.” The latter being a reference to the Italian legend who played alongside Pogba for three seasons at Juventus.