Jose Mourinho has sent a message loud and clear to Paul Pogba. Be consistent, or be sold.
The midfielder has shown sheer brilliance at times during his second spell at Manchester United, but such performances have been more of a rarity rather than the norm.
The majority of his displays in recent months would certainly fall into the poor or average categories if you were summing up his performances, especially considering he set United back £89 million!
The Frenchman has a woeful first half in the Manchester Derby, but came back out in the second half a changed man, scoring two goals in three minutes to bring United level.
However, he soon slipped back to his underwhelming self against West Brom at the weekend in a game in which he was substituted in the second half.
Speaking after that game, Jose Mourinho has revealed exactly what he told the former Juventus midfielder:
“I will tell you what I told [Pogba] after the [City] match and it’s exactly what I told him – I don’t expect you to be man of the match every week, I don’t expect you to score two goals every week.
“I expect you to be consistent in a certain level. So, if you ask me, I’m expecting Paul now to be man of the match every week? No. If I expect him to score goals every match? No.
“But I expect Paul – and I think that’s the challenge he has to put to himself – to keep a certain stability and not to have the good match and the so-so match and the bad match.”