Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that midfielder Paul Pogba's world-record transfer fee has affected him heavily in his first season back at the club.
The Frenchman moved back to the Red Devils in the summer of 2016 for a fee around £89.3 million, as he agreed to be part of the project which was being spearheaded by Mourinho.
He has since done well in patches, but has found it difficult to perform consistently enough to impress critics and fans alike.
The Portuguese tactician has said that he hopes someone breaks the transfer record this season, so Pogba is not in the limelight anymore.
Fee puts unfair pressure on Paul Pogba at Man United - Jose Mourinho https://t.co/LpSkZdNQ81— Added Man United (@AddedManUnited) May 19, 2017
Speaking to Omnisport, as per ESPNFC, he said, "I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back. I hope next summer he's not anymore the highest transfer fee and then the pressure goes to somebody else."
Mourinho then continued, "If his transfer fee was half of it, everybody would say 'what a buy,' 'he's playing more than good.' But everybody expects performances according to that huge transfer fee and that brings pressure and that brings sometimes unfair analysis."
He added, "So I think it's a bit unfair. I hope next season some club beats the record with another player and then the pressure goes somewhere else."
Mourinho: “Pogba is fine, a strong guy, strong mentality, he is learning how to live after his father passed away but he’s strong." pic.twitter.com/d5joDrB9LR— Rahul Singh (@forevruntd) May 19, 2017
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager then praised the Frenchman, saying, "He has to develop; of course he has to develop. But he has the physicality, he has the brain, he's very skillful, he's very agile for that huge body he has."
He's good in the air defensively, attacking... He's a very good free-kick taker, so if Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] gives him permission to take more, he would score a few goals. I think he has everything," he concluded.