Jose Mourinho has rejected stinging criticism from Paul Scholes on Paul Pogba, insisting the France midfielder produced another “top performance” at Bournemouth.
Manchester United prevailed 2-0 in Wednesday’s Premier League clash, with Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling on target.
Former Red Devils midfielder Scholes insisted Pogba’s below-par showing in Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to West Brom was “disrespectful” to united boss Mourinho.
But Mourinho rejected that critique, choosing instead to praise Pogba for returning to form on the South Coast.
Asked to comment on Scholes’ criticism of Pogba, Mourinho replied: “I don’t agree. I agree that it wasn’t a good performance at all (against West Brom); with that I agree.”
Scholes told BT Sport “I thought it was a bit disrespectful towards his manager the way he played,” of Pogba’s showing in Sunday’s 1-0 Old Trafford defeat to bottom club West Brom.
Mourinho made seven changes from the loss that handed Manchester City the league title for the Bournemouth trip – but crucially retained Pogba.
And the former Juventus star produced a much-improved display, leaving Mourinho purring.
Asked to rate Pogba’s showing at Bournemouth, Mourinho replied: “Top performance. Top performance. Obviously the performance against City was special, coming with two goals.
“But this performance was a very similar level. So top performance. He can do it.”