Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United side are finally adapting their style of play to suit Paul Pogba who hasn’t tasted defeat in 35 Premier League games.
United’s record signing was instrumental in Monday night’s 3-0 victory over Stoke, laying on goals for Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial in the first half with clever passes on each occasion.
Midfielder Pogba, who is now joint top of the Premier League assist charts with Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane having set up nine goals, was absent for each of United’s three top-flight defeats to Huddersfield, Chelsea and City this season.
Pogba has not been on the losing side in a top-flight fixture since United were thumped 4-0 by Chelsea in October 2016, and Mourinho thinks the former Juventus man is relishing playing in a team that is increasingly revolving around him.
“He was moving the ball fantastically well,” Mourinho said.
“(With) long passes, changing of direction, creating problems to the opponent in relation to their (midfield) block. Assists. If he scores the free-kick with the last shot of the game it would be really a reward for him.
“I think he’s happy, he’s happy the way the team is playing – very adapted to him. He’s happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction.”
Pogba took the club’s man-of-the-match accolade on Monday having ran the game against a struggling Stoke side who have now shipped 50 goals in 23 top-flight games.