Opinion: Paul Pogba must learn from the Mourinho-Shaw situation
MEN's Anthony Jepson wants the Frenchman to succeed where Shaw failed.
"Jose Mourinho has made his stance clear - meet my expectations or don't play. Plenty of fans, observers - and, reportedly, even fellow members of the United squad - have questioned the approach. An unnecessarily harsh blunt instrument; a one-dimensional approach that could see United lose a player of genuine talent.
"It leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many Reds, but it is Mourinho's way. Survival of the fittest - and mentally strongest - and it has brought enough success for him to argue that it works just fine. Whether Luke Shaw passes the test remains to be seen.
"And United fans could be forgiven for harbouring the doubts about Paul Pogba. The Frenchman's laid-back attitude and focus on off-field frivolities rankles with some. And his recent poor form, leading to demotions to the bench, suggests the manager views the midfielder through the same lens as he does Shaw.
"Mourinho's terse suggestion the media should ask the player directly why his form is not up to scratch showed a degree of irritation with the questions surrounding Pogba's performance levels and his relationship with his manager. Pogba feels secure enough to speak out - though, rightly, accepts he has to do better.
"And while Mourinho may be able to get away with shipping out the former Southampton man in the summer and replacing him - overseeing the exit of a player of Pogba's talent and status - after buying him for a world-record fee - would be stain on his record. Hence his return to the team to face Swansea, a return which resulted in his best performance in months."