Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson would make one midfielder ‘the best in the world’.
Current United boss Jose Mourinho has come under intense pressure under the last fortnight after a string of bad results. His side were booed off on Tuesday night after a mundane goalless draw against Valencia, and there have been reports of a rift with Paul Pogba.
Owen believes that Pogba’s inconsistency is down to the fact his manager is not getting the most out of his ability.
He told the Daily Star: “I think he’s a great player, although I find it quite frustrating watching him. Considering his age he ought to know a lot more and play a lot more maturely than he does.
“Consistency comes with maturity, but again there’s mitigating circumstances with the manager and things like that. Under Ferguson he would be the best player in the world.
“He got the best out of players and would see the unbelievable talent. You look at the likes of Eric Cantona.
“Even if he did something that everyone sees is wrong, Ferguson would still make a case and make allowances for players like that, because he realised how important they are.
“Mourinho has a long list of players…you look at Mohammed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, players like that. Now Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
“There’s no question that they’ve been better in different teams and I think you could say that about a lot of his players. Mourinho has improved some players – but the majority of those are defenders.”