Jose Mourinho wants Paul Pogba to forget his world-record price tag and show Manchester United his true quality.
United paid Juventus an eye-watering €105m (£89m) to bring back a player who left them four years earlier in search of first-team football, with a further €5m due if certain targets are met.
Mourinho had expected the Frenchman’s tail-off after his bright start to life at United, and now wants him to block out the background noise that comes with his status.
“The world record player is always a question that will be open until somebody breaks the record,” Mourinho said.
“I just want Paul to forget that and to play his football.
“It’s normal that after the first game he has a little decrease, but I am full of trust with him because I know the player he is.
United head to Watford looking to avoid a third straight defeat, which could see them fall behind six points behind rivals Man City.
Asked, though, if Watford was now the biggest match of his short reign, Mourinho said: “Watford? I think Man United has to show every game, every competition.
“The club is too big, the supporters are too passionate for players not to feel that every game is a very important game, so I don’t think they should need a defeat or in this case two defeats to try to give everything they have to give.”
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