Pogba finds it harder to focus at United - Mourinho

Pogba finds it harder to focus at United - Mourinho

United have added Brazil midfielder Fred to their squad for the 2018-19 season, along with teenage full-back Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant, who is set to serve as a back-up to David de Gea and Sergio Romero.

At the same time, I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country, with the people, that extra responsibility that makes them - by the emotional point of view - to be sometimes even overcommitted.

"I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him, it's about him giving the best he has to give", he told ESPN UK. "Enjoy the season, I wish you all the best and happiness".

Mourinho believes this may hamper his side ahead of their Premier League campaign, which begins against Leicester City at Old Trafford on 10 August.

He said: 'If you look to the players that Chelsea and Liverpool have in the pre-season, especially these two teams, also Arsenal, if you compare, you see the difference of the situation.

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Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku are likely to miss the start of the season after reaching the semifinals and Mourinho admits he is anxious ahead of their opening clashes against Leicester and Brighton next month.

"It is important for Maguire to continue for Leicester", he said.

'When I look to Brighton, I don't think they have any player that isn't doing a very good pre-season with lots of training and matches. I would say the third match, playing against a team in a similar situation as us, after three weeks is okay. So against Leicester and Brighton the situation is not incredible for us.

The Portuguese manager has now given his opinion on why Pogba performed better for France than Man United, and one particular line has not gone down well with fans.

With United fans expecting similar form for United in the season ahead, Mourinho has struck a note of caution about placing too much expectation on the World Cup victor.

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