Jose Mourinho has praised Paul Pogba’s professionalism ahead of Manchester United’s fixture against Chelsea on Sunday.
The midfielder was left out of United’s Champions League encounter against Sevilla in midweek, but had to be called into action early in the second half following an injury to Ander Herrera.
While he didn’t set the world alight, or was unable to influence the game, his performance was marginally improved from the dross that he served up on his recent outings.
Speaking ahead of the game against Chelsea, the Manchester United manager took the time to praise the £89 million midfielder’s professionalism:
“You saw the game against Sevilla,” Mourinho said.
“It is always more difficult to come from the bench than to start.
“A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it and it is easier. To be on the bench and to come on without warming up and get into the pace is not easy. I think he had a very positive game for us.
“And details are details. Sometimes players on the bench take five minutes to be ready to play. They don’t have the shinpads or the strapping or the shirt or this or that. He took ten seconds to be ready to come to the pitch.
“He showed his professionalism and that despite being on the bench he was ready to play and to help the team. And he did.
“I think he responded in a very professional way, both times he was on the bench. He was on the bench against Huddersfield in the Premier League and he responded in a professional way. And he was on the bench against Sevilla and he did the same.”