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Mourinho defends Paul Pogba saying "envy is everywhere"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:03

Pogba returned to United for a world record fee but some fans call for better performance

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**CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE** (USE OF THE WORD "ASS") SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 15, 2017)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO, ASKED ABOUT PAUL POGBA, SAYS: "I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that, and envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared with especially the next generations if things go in this direction. It is not Paul's fault that he get 10 times the money that some players, some very good players, had in the past. It is not his fault that some of the pundits are in real trouble with their lives, and need every coin to survive, and Paul is a multi-millionaire. It is not his fault." 2. WHITE FLASH **CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE** 3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO, STILL SPEAKING OF PAUL POGBA, SAYS: "That envy is everywhere. And I am very happy with Paul. The club is very happy with Paul, and I think also a good thing is that because of his personality he doesn't give an ass to what people say." **END OF PROFANE LANGUAGE** STORY: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Paul Pogba after the under-fire midfielder came in for further criticism following a below-par performance in Monday's (March 13) FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea. Pogba, who returned to United from Italian champions Juventus for a world record fee of 89 million pounds in August, has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag, scoring seven goals in 40 appearances this campaign. "I feel that the world is losing values and I am scared about the level of envy coming in. It is not Paul's fault that he gets 10 times the money some players did in the past," Mourinho told reporters. "It is not his fault that some pundits are in real trouble with their lives and need every coin to survive, while Paul is a multi-millionaire. Despite Pogba's performances often dividing opinion among supporters and pundits, Mourinho said he was pleased with the Frenchman's performance in this campaign and was sure that the midfielder turned a deaf ear to all the criticism. "I am very happy with Paul ... The best thing is that because of his personality he doesn't give an ass to what people say about him," Mourinho added. United host the Russian side FC Rostov at Old Trafford on Thursday and will hope to book their place in the quarter-final of the Europa League following the 1-1 first-leg draw last week.

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Mourinho defends Paul Pogba saying "envy is everywhere"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:03