Jose Mourinho told Paul Pogba he does not expect match-rescuing heroics from him every week after his two-goal salvo against Manchester City.
Pogba helped rescue United from a 2-0 half-time deficit against their bitter city rivals last week, with the Frenchman scoring twice in a 3-2 comeback win.
The midfielder has endured a difficult season, being dropped for a couple of games at the turn of the year as Mourinho aired complaints over his performances.
The pair also allegedly clashed a number of times behind the scenes, but the City game may have been a watershed moment in their relationship.
Immediately after the game, Mourinho told Pogba he simply wants him to play at a “consistent” level.
“I will tell you what I told him 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,” he said.
“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.
“I think he has to try to keep that level of stability and, from that stability of course will appear the special match with the special performance, like it happened against City.
“The first thing is stability at training level, stability during the working week. And the past two, three weeks I’m really happy with him.”
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