Jose Mourinho wants another team to break the transfer record Manchester United set to sign Paul Pogba so the weight of expectation on the Frenchman’s shoulders is released.
Pogba became football’s most expensive player in August 2016 when Manchester United prised the midfielder back to the club from Juventus for a fee of €105 million.
Since signing for United, Pogba has made 29 appearances for them, scoring four goals, and his performances have drawn plenty of criticism.
Boss Mourinho has often come out in Pogba’s defence and has done so again, saying his performances would be praised if not for the money involved.
“I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back,” the Portuguese said.
“I hope next summer, it’s not the highest transfer fee anymore and then the pressure goes to someone else because if the transfer fee was half of it, every would say ‘what a buy, he’s playing more than good’.
“But everyone expects performance according to that huge transfer fee and that brings pressure and that brings unfair analysis.
“He had very good matches, very good matches. He had very good performances. He always sacrificed for the team.
“He had little matches where the performances were not so good, but normally the performance is related to the team, so when the team was very good, he was very good. When the team didn’t perform so well, he didn’t perform so well.
“So I think it’s a bit unfair. I hope next season, some club beats the record with another player and the pressure goes somewhere else.”
United close out the Premier League season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday before travelling to Stockholm to contest the Europa League final against Ajax on 25 May.