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'Only a matter of time before Pogba delivers' - Man Utd's £89m signing gets Brown backing

11:11 GMT+3 26/03/2017
Paul Pogba Manchester United
The former Red Devils defender remains convinced that the French midfielder will come good, with too much scrutiny being placed on him at present

Paul Pogba has been backed to justify his record-breaking price tag at Manchester United by former Red Devils defender Wes Brown.

The France international returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 following a four-year stint in Italy with Juventus.

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An £89 million deal was required to bring the former academy graduate back to the Theatre of Dreams, with such a sizeable fee bringing with it added pressure.

Pogba has offered glimpses of what he is capable of back in English football, but he is still searching for the consistency which made him a global superstar in Turin.

Brown, who won five Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns with United, is convinced that form will be found in time, with too much scrutiny being placed on every aspect of the 24-year-old’s life at present.

The current Blackburn Rovers player told reporters: “I know a lot of people say all the other stuff is getting to him a little bit, but I don’t necessarily think it is.

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“I’d just be advising him to get on with his football. Everyone has their own lives out of football and that’s just the way it is. Obviously people are highlighting it a bit more because of who he is.

“He joined for a lot of money and we haven’t seen his best form yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he starts to deliver.

“People are talking about his lifestyle off the pitch too much. But what counts is on the pitch and I’m sure he will produce good performances soon.”

Brown has also backed Jose Mourinho to deliver ongoing success at United if he is offered the right support to build on an EFL Cup triumph.

“I’ve always said that it will take time regardless of which manager is there and hopefully they give Jose the right amount of time,” he added.

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“For where they are now in the league they are still in with a chance of getting top four.”

United will return to action after the international break sat fifth in the Premier League table, four points behind Liverpool but with two games in hand on their rivals.