'Man Utd and Mourinho the best choice for Pogba' - Pires urges patience with midfielder

The ex-France international believes his fellow countryman is still adapting to the pressure that accompanied his huge summer transfer

Paul Pogba made “a good choice” in linking up with Manchester United and Jose Mourinho last summer, says Robert Pires.

The France international positioned himself firmly under the spotlight last summer when he completed a record-breaking £89 million move from Juventus to Old Trafford.

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Having seen the midfielder slip through their net once before, United were prepared to pay whatever was required to bring the 24-year-old back onto their books.

A hefty price tag has, however, placed added pressure on a man who is still developing and having to adjust his game between the demands of Serie A and the Premier League.

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Pires admits that has been a steep learning curve for his fellow countryman, but he also feels that Pogba is now in the best place to fully unlock his undoubted potential.

The former Arsenal winger told Sky Sports: "He had a lot of pressure because some people were talking about his price tag, but you must not forget that Paul Pogba is a young player and in France we say he needs time to adapt.

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"I think that is very important as the Premier League is very hard, difficult and tough, it is not only for the game, it is every morning in the training sessions.

"I know Paul, I am very confident for him, but I think Man Utd is a good choice for him and if you work with Jose Mourinho you can learn a lot.

"The first season is very difficult, it is like a transition for him as he used to play for Juventus in Italy and so everything is different. You cannot compare France, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, they are not the same.

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"And that is why the time adaptation is very important for Paul Pogba and the other players."

Pogba has seen his form questioned at times this season, but he has still made 41 appearances for United in all competitions.

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There have been glimpses of his true ability, albeit without the consistency that he would like, and he has offered seven goals to the collective cause.

He is currently nursing a hamstring injury that prevented him from linking up with France during the international break, but Mourinho is hoping to welcome him back soon as the Red Devils push their way through a gruelling fixture list.