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Pogba eager to work with Mourinho

Paul Pogba says he’s looking forward to working with manager Jose Mourinho, as the Frenchman completed his move back to Manchester United on Monday.

The 23-year-old midfielder is making his return to Old Trafford after spending four years in Italy with champions Juventus. The record-setting transfer (£89 million) was finalized on Monday after Pogba passed a medical. He’s signed a five-year deal with the club with an option for another year.

“I spoke with a lot of players when he was at Madrid,” Pogba told MUTV. “I spoke with [Alvaro] Morata, [Raphael] Varane – and they all told me that he is a coach for me, he will make me improve a lot, because he makes you work harder.

“I feel this. I spoke with him a few times and he gave me energy and positivity. So I was thinking: ‘why not?’ I’m sure he can make me improve and make me a better player and a better person.”

Mourinho had high praise for his latest signing, as he sees Pogba as one of the best in the world.

“Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future,” Mourinho said. “He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is. At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years. He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond.”

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