15 Apr, 08:00
Paul Pogba shone for Manchester United against rivals Manchester City. However, manager Jose Mourinho has challenged him to be consistent from his derby day heroics.
The £89.3million France midfielder has often fallen short of such billing since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 but he turned last weekend's match against Manchester City on its head with a quick-fire second-half brace before the Red Devils closed out a stunning 3-2 comeback win.
Infact , he was benched last month by the Portuguese manager who believes the 25-year-old – whose future was the subject of speculation in the build-up to him spoiling City's planned title party – can be more consistent.
"I'll tell you what I told him after the match," Mourinho told reporters ahead of facing rock-bottom West Brom on Sunday, where an unlikely defeat would see City crowned champions. I don't expect you to be man of the match every week, I don't expect you to score two goals every week. But I expect you to be consistent. So, if you ask me if I'm expecting Paul now to be man of the match every week? No. If I expect him to score goals every match? No.
"But I expect Paul – and I think that's the challenge he has to put to himself – to keep a certain stability and not to have the good match and the so-so match and the bad match. I think he has to try to keep that level of stability, and from that stability of course will appear the special match with the special performance like it happened against City."
Mourinho has often bristled at criticism of his United side this season and he challenged detractors of him and his team to give credit following an impressive run of wins that includes Premier League triumphs over Chelsea, Liverpool and City.