Manchester United are progressing under Jose Mourinho but must give Paul Pogba a break, Peter Schmeichel tells talkSPORT

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Manchester United are progressing under Jose Mourinho but must give Paul Pogba a break, Peter Schmeichel tells talkSPORT


Peter Schmeichel has quashed rumours of dressing room unrest at Manchester United, and believes the club is heading in the right direction under Jose Mourinho.

However, he claims if they are to unlock the true potential of World Cup winner Paul Pogba, they must give the midfielder a rest.

Schmeichel insists there is no crisis at Manchester United

Schmeichel insists there is no crisis at Manchester United

It has been a mixed start to the season for the Red Devils. A combination of poor results and reported player unrest has shrouded their start to the new campaign.

During Sunday’s 2-0 win over Burnley, fans even flew a banner over Turf Moor aimed at the ‘Specialist in Failure’, Ed Woodward.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams at the FIFA Best awards, United legend Schmeichel was adamant the Portuguese was not only the right man for the job at Old Trafford, but also taking the club forward.

“I don’t believe for one minute there is any unrest in that dressing room,” Schmeichel said.

Schmeichel is a certified legend with Manchester United

Schmeichel is a certified legend with Manchester United

“I think they are working to a plan and it’s kind of going to plan. It’s not this unsuccessful place that I read about and listen to in the media.

“There’s a Europa League win, there’s a League Cup win, there’s two FA Cup Finals and they were runners-up to an incredible Manchester City side last year. I think, all in all, that’s not too bad.

“What I see is progress; it’s getting better, we’ve got better players, more exciting players, players who are inspirational for the fans. People want to get to Old Trafford to see these guys play.

“At some point, everything will gel together and Jose will have the kind of team that he really wants and I’m sure that we’re going to see a much more different Man United team and performance.”

One of the main points of contention for Mourinho has been the nagging question about Paul Pogba: Why does he play better for his country than his club?

Alongside Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Pogba helped France to win the World Cup in Russia and even scored in the Final.

He has made an immediate goalscoring start to the season, bagging penalties against Leicester City and Brighton, but saw his most recent spot kick saved by Joe Hart at Burnley.

However, Schmeichel feels Red Devils supporters will not see the best of the £89million man until he gets a well-earned break.

Pogba was virtually unplayable against Burnley, despite his penalty miss

Pogba was virtually unplayable against Burnley, despite his penalty miss

He added: “Paul’s come back from the World Cup having won it, he’s come back very early and it’s really difficult.

“I’ve obviously never been all the way to the Final but I went to the quarter-final and to come back with very little break, very little holiday after you’ve been on this incredible high – you find yourself in this state that’s been going on for three or four weeks and then it’s gone.

“You completely deflate and to inflate yourself again it just takes time. Unfortunately, the football calendar is such that even the guys all the way to the Final won’t have much of a break.

“Hopefully later on in the season there is an opportunity to give those players (Paul Pogba is one of them) just a little bit of a breather – it is so difficult, honestly.

“Your mind is somewhere else, you look at the eleven months ahead of you and think, ‘This is the steepest mountain’ and at some point you need to just get away from it.

“Hopefully he will get that.”





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