Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , who first coached Paul Pogba as Manchester United’s reserve-team boss, built his team around him, like he had advised Mourinho to do.
Pogba has scored nine goals and made six assists in his 12 games under Solskjaer compared to just five goals and four assists in his 20 matches this season under Mourinho.
He is the heartbeat of Solskjaer’s side and the Norwegian claims he is the best player in the world in his position.
“There are different types of midfielders, but in his mould I don’t think there’s anyone near with his physical presence,” said United’s caretaker boss.
“He can score goals, he’s got great close technique, the diving header he scored against Chelsea was fantastic. He did the same against Bournemouth when he ran from the halfway line to get into the box.
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“But he can also spray passes when he’s sitting more in midfield. I don’t think that’s his best position, but he can do that as well.”
Solskjaer felt it was a no-brainer to unleash Pogba in his best position as an attacking midfielder.
“He’s a top, top player who I’ve always liked ever since I saw him as a kid,” he said.
“He’s a World Cup winner, a leader in dressing room and on the pitch as well. He wants the ball all the time.
“So my idea was to get him playing to the best of his abilities as an attacking midfielder. You saw PSG man mark him, other teams probably will too.
“I don’t know if Liverpool will, but if they do he will have experienced that and it creates space for others.”