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Pogba has big potential but don't expect miracles, says Man Utd team-mate Mkhitaryan

14:36 GMT+3 04/02/2017
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The Red Devils midfielder is backing the world's most expensive footballer to find a 'solution' that allows him to produce his best on a regular basis

Henrikh Mkhitaryan feels too much pressure has been placed on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman expected to produce “miracles”.

A world record transfer fee was required to bring the 23-year-old back to Old Trafford over the summer, after four years with Serie A giants Juventus.

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Pogba took his game to a new level in Turin, having left England as a rough diamond in need of polishing.

He returned to the Premier League as a world-class talent, with the potential to become even better as he approaches his peak.

Mkhitaryan is confident that his Red Devils colleague will hit the heights expected of him, but only if he is given the freedom in which to express himself and learn from any mistakes.

The Armenian playmaker told Sky Sports: "He has a very big potential.

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"For him, it is a little bit hard because he is still 23 years old and maybe he is thinking he needs to do more than he's doing but I know with the manager he is going to find the solution to solve it and he's trying to do it already.

"Maybe people are waiting for something extraordinary from him, some miracles, but everyone has to know he's a football player, a human being, so he just has to play the way he can play and he will do better."

Next up for Pogba and Mkhitaryan is a trip to reigning Premier League champions Leicester City on Sunday.

The Foxes are enduring a testing defence of their crown, perched just two points above the relegation zone, but United will not be taking anything for granted at the King Power Stadium.

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"It doesn't matter which position they are in now, they are going to play every game as a final because they are in a dangerous position," Mkhitaryan added.

"Sunday will be a big fight, a big battle, so we have to be ready for that."