Jose Mourinho has said he is hoping to see Paul Pogba have a ‘good impact’ on his team in tonight’s final Champions League group game against Valencia.
The 2-2 draw against Southampton seemed to be a turning point for Mourinho, who finally snapped with his big guns, criticising them for not playing like ‘mad dogs’ – a reference to their lack of desire and work rate to go on and win the game having drawn level after falling two goals behind.
Reports in the Guardian today say that Pogba has been left ‘shocked’ at his exclusion, but with a trip to face Liverpool at the weekend on the horizon, Jose Mourinho is giving his £89 million midfielder a chance to get back in his good books with an appearance against Valencia tonight.
Speaking ahead of the game, the United boss has laid out his expectations of the Frenchman.
“I’m looking for him to play well, and to have a good impact in the game and in the team,” Mourinho said in his pre-match media briefing
“[It will be] a team with many players that don’t have many miles in their legs, a team with some players that are not playing a lot. So I hope that people like Paul and a couple of others that are normally in the team, who have the number of miles that players need to be at that top level, I hope that they can have a good impact on the team.”
United have already qualified for the last 16 stage of the Champions League and will finish second in Group H, unless Juventus slip up against Young Boys in Switzerland.