The Frenchman sealed his world record breaking move to united earlier this week and has shown his enthusiasm for returning to his former club since leaving for Serie A back in 2012. Mourinho is clearly delighted with fourth major acquisition since taking charge and has defended any criticism over the size of the fee.
Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, The Portuguese said:
“I know the discussion, I understand that. Sometimes in football things can happen and clubs can break records, but this is only possible at clubs like Manchester United.
“When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don’t think they will ever have this problem, because to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world, so at Manchester United it can happen.
“Pogba is a very young player, an unbelievable midfield player with such physicality, agility, co-ordination, skill, he has everything. What he has to learn now is how to play with us because I always say that in football you can be a super player, like he is, but a team is a team and you need to learn how to play in a team, and the team needs to learn how to play with you.
“We need to get the best out of him and this will be a process, so if he needs protection I am here to protect. I know some people think that he arrives here and now, and the first time he touches the ball, he scores, but I am here to protect him and give him the best conditions to be what we think he is going to be, which is a football player for Man United, a reference for this club, so I am happy.”
When asked if Pogba seems happy to be back in Manchester, Mourinho replied:
“I can feel that when I speak with him for the first time. I am feeling now when I see him at the training ground with people he knows since he was a kid. He doesn’t look like a star.
“He looks like a kid who is back to his old school and is finding people that he cares about and people that love him a lot. So I believe that, after a couple of days, he will feel like he never left the club. So I think at adaption level, he is not a new player – he is just a kid back home again.”