Jose Mourinho handed World Cup finalist Paul Pogba a glowing tribute after a “mature” performance helped France beat Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final last night.
Pogba was pivotal for Les Bleus, putting in a disciplined performance in central midfield as France strangled Belgium to reach Sunday’s World Cup final.
Pogba has been heavily criticised for his lack of discipline at Old Trafford, while he has also been accused of going missing when needed last season.
Mourinho and Pogba are understood to have fallen out last season after Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on February 1, when the Frenchman was substituted at half-time.
Pogba was then dropped from starting line-up for a number of key matches and last month Pogba admitted to having “small issues” with Mourinho.
But Mourinho was nothing but complimentary about Pogba last night, telling Russia Today: “I think it was a very good performance by Pogba.
“Pogba was mature, he played with maturity when he had, to hold position and keep control of the play he did.
“When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N’Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had the freedom not to do silly things.
“He had the freedom to keep the ball away from dangerous areas, to keep the ball, to assist Griezmann for a great chance, he was very, very mature.”