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Mourinho hails Pogba's 'beautiful' goal

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016 Eleanor Crooks

Manchester United fans will have to wait to see the best of Paul Pogba, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

After being criticised for his performance in Monday's uninspiring goalless draw with Liverpool, the Frenchman scored twice in a 4-1 Europa League victory over Fenerbahce at Old Trafford.

Pogba converted the first of two penalties in three minutes - Anthony Martial took the second - and then scored a sublime third goal in first-half injury time.

Picking up the ball 25 yards out, the 23-year-old side-footed a shot casually into the top corner.

Mourinho again took issue with the 'Einsteins' in the media who have criticised his team this season and former Juventus player Pogba in particular.

"First of all, in some of your mouths, he goes from the worst player in the Premier League to a great player in 48 hours," said the United boss.

"I am not specifically saying it is you. I say media, especially the Einsteins. We know he is a very good player. We know he needs some time to show his potential.

"I know Italian football very well. I know teams play completely different from the Premier League. I am not saying we are better but we are different.

"Different in the intensity, the number of touches on the ball, everything is different and he needs time to adapt.

"He is a self confident boy. He was not depressed because some people said he was a bad player. He was calm. It is always nice for a player to score, to score at home and especially to score such a beautiful goal."

Pogba was one of only four players retained from the starting line-up against Liverpool, with Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick and Martial among those to come in.

But there was still no place in the squad for either Morgan Schneiderlin or Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Mkhitaryan, a big-money summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, has not played since the derby loss to City on September 10.

United lost their opening Europa League match to Feyenoord but back-to-back wins have put them on top in Group A.

They must now turn their attention back to the Premier League and another huge game against Chelsea on Sunday.

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