Mourinho praises Pogba for ‘mature’ performance in World Cup semi-final

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has praised his clubs record signing Paul Pogba for his excellent performance during France’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final victory over Belgium last night.

Mourinho and Pogba reportedly spent much of last season at loggerheads due to the £89 million midfielder’s lack of tactical discipline and awareness.

However, last night the 25-year-old put in a hugely impressive performance full of maturity and defensive resolve which was instrumental in Les Blues holding out a late Belgian onslaught to qualify for the World Cup Final.

Speaking after the game Mourinho spoke highly of his midfielder and the Portuguese coach, much like most Manchester United fans, will be hopeful that last nights showing could be a coming of age performance by the talented France international:

“I think it was a very good performance by Pogba,” Mourinho told Russia today.

“Pogba was mature, he played with maturity when he had, to hold position and keep control of the play he did.

“When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N’Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had freedom not to do silly things.

“He had freedom to keep the ball away from dangerous areas, to keep the ball, to assist Griezmann for a great chance, he was very, very mature.”

France will now face the winner of Croatia against England in the World Cup final in Moscow next Sunday.

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