Arsene Wenger believes Paul Pogba was stifled by Jose Mourinho’s tactics, with the Manchester United midfielder profiting from the greater freedom afforded to him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
No United player has scored or assisted more goals than the Frenchman since Solskjaer took over, though his recent upturn in form was spoiled slightly by a red card in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to PSG.
Mourinho famously ostracised Pogba, feeling he lacked the tactical discipline he demands from every player, and Wenger says the midfielder is enjoying having those restraints lifted.
The former Arsenal manager told beIN SPORTS: ‘Sometimes, you know, we are managers. Mourinho has proven he is a great manager. He has always gone for discipline for everybody.
‘And in this team [under Solskjaer] I believe that Pogba is a fantastic football player but sometimes he lacks discipline.
‘But you have [Nemanja] Matic and [Ander] Herrera now who work for him and so he can express his talent.
‘Mourinho wanted discipline from everybody. That is defendable as well. So that’s maybe why Pogba, as we have seen recently, has performed well.’
Pogba and Mourinho had several run-ins during their time together at Old Trafford, with the Frenchman losing his place in the squad before Solskjaer’s arrival.
He has netted eight times and registered five assists in the Premier League since then, though was given his marching orders late in the second half against PSG as the French champions dominated the first leg to bring a two-goal lead back to Paris.